Weekly Welcome 12 July, 2019

Hello GitHub Community Forum!

In this weekly post, we like to welcome new members to the GitHub Community Forum and make it easy to find out about some of the week’s hottest topics and important events.

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This Week’s Happenings

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From the Github Blog 

Maintainer spotlight: Fatih Arslan

We’re sharing interviews from several open-source contributors about their projects, challenges, and what a GitHub sponsorship means to them. This week, hear from Fatih Arslan who created vim-go, HashiCorp Configuration Language, Fixmie.com, and more!

C# or Java? TypeScript or JavaScript? Machine learning based classification of programming languages
To make language detection more robust and maintainable in the long run, we developed a machine learning classifier named OctoLingua based on an Artificial Neural Network (ANN) architecture which can handle language predictions in tricky scenarios.

Mark files as viewed

Try as you might, you can’t always avoid huge pull requests. When you search through or need to review one, it can take hours—and before you know it you’ve forgotten where you left off. Now, there’s an easy way to keep track of your progress by marking files as viewed.

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Hello! My name is Nate, and I’m new to programming and GitHub!

I’ve been doing an online Java course for the past 8 months and love it. I’m almost done with this 77hr course on Udemy. Currently my plan for studying next is mySQL, then python, then C++. Might try to fit Spring in there somewhere.

My goal get some sort of internship either online or near where I live in southeastern Michigan by the end of this year. Then within 18 moths from there I would like to be able to find a job that will allow me to move back near my family in Massachusetts. I have no idea how realistic that timeframe is, but it’s a goal nonetheless.

Still trying to figure out git, would love it if I could get in on some low level Java projects just to get some practice under my belt, so if you have one or can point me in the right direction, please speak up.

Feel free to check out my first pet project on my page, a tabletop RPG style JavaFX program.


Welcome Nate!

We are happy to see you here, I love Java/android development there are so many applications for this language. Self study is hard! a million kudos on that and I wish you the best of luck on your journey.


Hi I’m Lauren.
I have been doing health and medical data analysis for ten years.  I code in SAS, SQL and have some experience in R and SPSS.  I would like to learn Python, and my personal interest is in chaos mathematics and fractals.


Welcome, @laurenscogin we are happy you are here!

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Hello, I’ve been interested in learning Python 3/ Machine Learning for a while. I’ve done some research to guide me on the right path. From a professionals point of view: how/where would you start to learning python 3/machine learning? And how would this translate in the workforce?