Episode 55

GSOC 2021: "Risky" Business


25 March 2022

40 mins 16 secs

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About this Episode

Hello and welcome to CHAOSScast Community podcast, where we share use cases and experiences with measuring open source community health. Elevating conversations about metrics, analytics, and software from the Community Health Analytics Open Source Software, or short CHAOSS Project, to wherever you like to listen. On today’s episode, we have joining us as our guest, Dhruv Sachdev, who’s an undergraduate Computer Engineering student at Mumbai University and was a Google Summer of Code 2021 student for CHAOSS. Dhruv is here to talk about his path to open source and the project he did with the Google Summer of Code 2021. We hear about his experience managing his time as a student and working on this project, what projects he’s excited about doing in the near future, and he shares advice if you are new to open source or if you’re looking to explore the world of open source. Download this episode now to find out much more, and don’t forget to subscribe for free to this podcast on your favorite podcast app and share this podcast with your friends and colleagues!

[00:02:00] Dhruv tells us his path to open source, when he started working on an open source project, how he found out about it, and what he finds cool about CHAOSS.

[00:03:40] Sean wonders what it is about the measurement and analytics field that is so fascinating to Dhruv.

[00:06:28] We hear more about Dhruv’s project he did with the Google Summer of Code.

[00:10:34] Dhruv tells us what resources really helped him when he started with the Augur team to better understand the software components and more about how CHAOSS was structured.

[00:12:17] Sophia talks about a research article evaluating hackathons and how effective they are on open source projects, and Sean tells us about the benefits and impacts of Google Summer of Code.

[00:15:33] Dhruv explains his experience as a student, how he thought about time management, and volunteering his time in this space while still in school.

[00:21:00] Sean talks about Dhruv’s pieces that he did of Augur that looked at metrics and wonders why dependencies are so important right now, and Sophia explains why.

[00:25:45] Sean explains what happened in the OpenSSL security breach and talks about Heartbleed. Sophia brings up a previous episode with Avi Press, Founder of Scarf, which is an analytics tool, and explains about the vulnerabilities with tools.

[00:29:50] Find out what Dhruv is most excited about doing in the near future with projects.

[00:32:54] Dhruv shares advice if you are new to open source or students who are looking to explore the vast ecosystem of open source.

Value Adds (Picks) of the week:

  • [00:35:04] Sean’s pick is Discord’s emergence.
  • [00:36:11] Sophia’s pick is cats and daylight savings time.
  • [00:38:11] Dhruv’s pick is having so much fun at the MahaShivRatri festival.


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