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Commitmas 3: Return of Commitmas!

Welcome back to another year of Commitmas! This year is all about keeping it small and team focused.

Holiday octocat

Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. vBrownBag Schedule
  3. The Teams
  4. The Standard Challenge
  5. Commit to Your Skill Level
  6. Resources


We have organized 5 groups, each with a "lead" to coordinate the efforts of contributing to the project or repository. There are different projects based upon different technologies, whether you are an experienced practitioner of PowerShell, or want to learn Ansible, there is a project for you to join!

This year we are focused on working together, whether you are contributing to an Open Source project or scripts at work. Working collaboratively together requires communication, coordination, and of course some practice with forking, branching, merging, and pull requests!

vBrownBag Schedule

  • Wednesday 11/30 - Git'ing Ops in shape for DevOps with Taylor Riggan
  • Monday 12/5 - Lessons learned from writing the DevOps Handbook with Gene Kim
  • Wednesday 12/7 - Forking public work, committing to it, and managing the PR process with Safia Abdalla
  • Wednesday 12/14 - Curating a group of people that build tools together with Matthew Brender
  • Tuesday 12/20 - Gitting out of a mess Katie Sylor-Miller
  • Wednesday 12/21 - DevOps Discussion with John Hildebrand
  • Thursday 12/22 - Writing a good for your Git repo Mike Marseglia

Registration for the Commitmas online webinars may be completed through the US #vBrownBag page.

The Teams

Follow these steps to play along with one of the team leads!

Team Ansible with Larry Smith

Team Chef with Jesse Anderson

Team PowerShell with Kyle Ruddy

Team Puppet with Rob Nelson

  • Find some Puppet tickets that meet your skill and interest levels within Puppet itself or in Puppet modules
  • A curated set of tickets maintained by Vox Pupuli can be found here, organized by skill and type
  • Join the Puppet Community Slack for assistance with Puppet and Modules
  • Feel free to participate in the Puppet Community Hack Day on December 13th!
  • Contact Rob Nelson if you have any questions

Team Python with Matt Oswalt

  • pybluedot, a Python project exploring NASA's public APIs

The Standard Challenge

Push yourself to use GitHub everyday throughout the holiday season so that by 2016 you're ready to share your next project. Here's how:

  1. Schedule time in your calendar for gitting in shape everyday for 30 days between December 1st - January 1st
  2. Choose your skill level: Beginner, Intermediate, or Expert
  3. Choose your team: Ansible, Chef, PowerShell, Puppet, or Python
  4. Follow the directions for your team and contribute to making something awesome!
  5. Fork and favorite this repository to show that you're participating!

That's it! If you get stuck or just want to chat with others, be sure to tweet with the hashtag #vBrownBag or on the Geek Speak Slack Channel in the #learn-github channel. We'll be out there to help.

Note: The Slack link doesn't always load due to using Heroku free tier. If you want a faster response, ping Rob on Twitter.

We'll have regularly scheduled vBrownBag podcasts that focus on working together in git.

Don't worry about getting stuck, or being rusty, we have all of last years recordings available on YouTube in our [Commitmas Playlist] ( and in iTunes

We all have different level of expertise when it comes to GitHub. Here are a few options based on your comfort level. Remember: focus on learning how git works and let the other topics follow.


You're a beginner if: You're new enough to git that just the act of using it daily will be a lot of learning.


  • Create a GitHub account.
  • Setup Git.
  • Initialize your own new repository with a
  • Clone your repository to your local development system.

Your challenge:

Helpful hints:

  • Remember that the goal of this is to learn how to use GitHub, so focus on git, not other code you'd also like to learn.
  • Feel free to use the GitHub website, native apps or command line. Watch this vBB on GitHub to help you along.
  • Markdown is awesomely powerful, so challenge yourself to use some of the more complex syntax. You can learn it all here.


You're at an intermediate level if: You're comfortable with the basics of using git, have lurked around on GitHub but never contributed to a project.


  • Fork your teams repository.
  • Clone your repository to your local development system.
  • Create a new branch to develop a new feature, or to fix a bug in.

Your challenge:

  • Update the repository's Master branch every single day in some way.
  • On your new branch, work on a meaningful contribution to your fork of the repository.
  • Add meaningful comments to your commits when you commit on both branches.
  • Open a Pull Request on the original repository from your new branch by the end of the 30 days of Commitmas!
  • Learn how to use git rebase.

Helpful hints:

  • Remember, documentation is code too (especially when using Markdown)! Find a project you want to support by improving documentation. Fork it and then make your contributions during this challenge.


You're an expert if: You've managed multiple contributor repositories before, have more than 5 pull request accepted, and want to join in Commitmas to really push yourself.


  • You've done this a few times, we don't need to tell you how!

Your challenge:

  • Open a new Pull Request on open source repositories you use every single day for the 30 days of Commitmas! Don't forget to help out your beginner and intermediate level friends!
  • Find stalled PRs, cherry-pick the valuable commits, fix any failing tests or merge conflicts, and provide a new PR.

Helpful hints:

  • You really don't need any, but if you complete this challenge, please tell me (@mjbrender) and I'll definitely buy you a beer.


Commitmas years past:

Here are some of our favorite resources for getting going with git: