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Welcome to the Operation Code repo. This repo doesn't contain any code but does help coordinate all of our major projects. Curious to see what's going on? Check out our roadmap or our project descriptions.


  1. Serve Our Members
  2. Foster the most positive and beginner friendly environment possible
  3. Feature a project in as many languages as possible

Operation Code

Operation Code is a nonprofit dedicated to getting veterans and their families into programming careers. Our website ( is docker based and has frontend and backend servers.

What is a frontend?

When you visit our website you're interacting with two systems, a frontend application, and a backend application. The frontend application (where you are now) is responsible for displaying images, text, and data on our web pages. Frontend applications are usually written using a combination of HTML, CSS, and Javascript and utilize 1 or more frameworks such as Angular, backbone, vue, and react. uses react.

You can view the frontend repo at

What is a backend?

The backend is responsible for providing data to the front end to display, and processing data entered into the frontend and running various jobs like inviting new users to slack or signing them up for our newsletter. The backend is written in rails and uses postgres, redis databases.

You can view the backend repo at

Issues (Finding something to work on)

Each Operation Code repo should follow a few standards. Each issue will have at least 3 tags:
Priority - describes how quickly an item should get done
Status - Lets you know if an issue is being worked on, available to work on, or waiting for another issue to be completed before it can be worked on ('blocked')
Type - What kind of issue is this? A bug denotes an issue that

Beginner friendly!

Each repo will also have a few curated issues designated as beginner friendly. These issues should be very well documented and easily completable for someone with little to no coding experience.

Looking to make your first Pull Request? Start here:

Frontend Beginner Friendly Issues
Backend Beginner Friendly Issues

Reserving an issue

Issues that are available to be worked on are labeled with Status: Available.

If you would like to work on an available issue, @mention the issues-team expressing your interest, i.e.:

@issues-team - I'd like to give this one a shot!

Once someone from the team receives your request, they will:

  1. Respond to you directly in the issue
  2. Remove the Status: Available label, replacing it with the Status: In Progress label

At this point, the issue is now reserved for you.

Guidelines for working an issue

The completion of the features and bugs outlined in these issues are important to the forward movement and success of Operation Code.

As such, the following timeline guidelines are in place for working on an issue:

  1. A pull request must be submitted within 14 days of reserving the issue. This pull request does not need to be complete at this point. It can be a work-in-progress.
  2. If someone asks you a question in the pull request, or issue, you must respond within 14 days

If either of these guidelines are not met:

  • it will be interpreted that the issue has become stale or abandoned
  • the issue will no longer be reserved to you
  • the issue will be identified again as Status: Available, available for other contributors to reserve

Completing an issue

All issue pull requests that adhere to the guidelines above will be code reviewed by members of Operation Code.

Once a pull request has:

  • passed code review
  • been marked as approved
  • and any associated checks have passed (i.e. continuous integration, code climate, etc.)

A member of the Operation Code team will merge your pull request, and close the issue!

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