A couple months ago I ran into :kaustabh93 online as he had picked up a couple good first bugs. Since then he has continued to work very hard and submit a lot of great pull requests to Ouija and Alert Manager (here is his github profile). After working with him for a couple of weeks, I decided it was time to learn more about him, and I would like to share that with Mozilla as a whole:
Tell us about where you live-
I live in a town called Santragachi in West Bengal. The best thing about this place is its ambience. It is not at the heart of the city but the city is easily accessible. That keeps the maddening crowd of the city away and a calm and peaceful environment prevails here.
Tell us about your school-
I completed my schooling from Don Bosco School, Liluah. After graduating from there, now I am pursuing an undergraduate degree in Computer Science & Engineering from MCKV Institute of Engineering.
Right from when it was introduced to me, I was in love with the subject ‘Computer Science’. And introduction to coding was one of the best things that has happened to me so far.
Tell us about getting involved with Mozilla-
I was looking for some exciting real life projects to work on during my vacation & it was then that the idea of contributing to open source projects had struck me. Now I have been using Firefox for many years now and that gave me an idea of where to start looking. Eventually I found the volunteer tab and thus started my wonderful journey on Mozilla.
Right from when I was starting out, till now, one thing that I liked very much about Mozilla was that help was always at hand when needed. On my first day , I popped a few questions in the IRC channel #introduction & after getting the basic of where to start out, I started working on Ouija under the guidance of ‘dminor’ & ‘jmaher’. After a few bug fixes there, Dan recommended me to have a look at Alert Manager & I have been working on it ever since. And the experience of working for Mozilla has been great.
Tell us what you enjoy doing-
I really love coding. But apart from it I also am an amateur photographer & enjoy playing computer games & reading books.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years’ time I prefer to see myself as a successful engineer working on innovative projects & solving problems.
If somebody asked you for advice about life, what would you say?
Rather than following the crowd down the well-worn path, it is always better to explore unchartered territories with a few.
:kaustabh93 is back in school as of this week, but look for activity on bugzilla and github from him. You will find him online once in a while in various channels, I usually find him in #ateam.