Sunday, January 15, 2012

Want to become a Codester?

Long time, no post! Well I was busy with some activities lately. Creating a coders group called Codesters being top of it. I with some of my college friends were wondering on how can we give our creative sides a path and goal. How can we connect with Aspiring Coders and Hackers in other colleges in India. So we came up with this idea and formed a group.
We named it Codesters meaning Code Masters. Our main focus will be on taking the love and passion of a computer science lover to next level by sharing our knowledge and coding with each other. And in time if we can have some idea that we think can solve a serious problem, then we will make that project as a full App(also open to business opportunities).  We will be having meetups regularly at Gurgaon, India. Those who can't be present in person can connect through Google+ Hangouts(We love them).

Well, the process of buying domain to forming rules and structure of our group was thrilling. Following are the steps that we went through while forming our group and its website:
  1. We met and discussed what our group will be about and its focus areas. How we can make it interetsing and fun. The first thing which I suggested was that our group will be open and all of its projects will be open-sourced. All agreed. We discussed who we will first approach for memberships - students in colleges and schools.
  2. Then we start discussing about the name of the group. Some conditions were there, like it should not be too long and easily pronounceable. We came up with many names but it should also be available as a top-level domain. We were not getting any right match; a name which can represent our Group and also be available. We set out that none of us(Five of us) will get up until domain name is finalized and registered. After half an hour of heavy discussion, we reached at this name - Codesters. One of us was about to register it on GoDaddy  as he can get heavy discount there. I being read about its actions lately(supporting SOPA in US) was against it. So we registered our domain at BigRock.
  3. We then talked about the memberships and how each member can contribute to us. We laid out the structure of group with two type of memberships:
    • Code-hoppers : These are the students who loves technology and programming. They like talking and discussing about ideas and programming in general. These will recieve our daily dose of some great happenings around the technology areas. 
    • Code-holics: Those who are absolutely mad code and softwares will be this type.They will be asked for more contribution. They will have to be present in meetups most of the time.
  4. We made small website of our group and a membership form on Google Docs. We decides to have all our code on Github and use Trello as a project management between members.
The process was exciting and result which we are satisfied. But its just the beginning. Our version 1 of site is from a HTML5 template from Initializr. Our version 2 is quite ready at our Alpha version page.

Anyone interested in membership Click here