Ahmad Awais



Microsoft GitHub Acquisition: Thoughts of a Full-time Open Source Developer

Ahmad AwaisAhmad Awais

I am a full-time open source developer working as a core developer of WordPress contributed to every single major version for the last couple of years.

I am also well versed in JavaScript/Node.js ecosystem and have a deep interest in DevOps, Cloud, and the new serverless tech. I care very deeply about Developer Experience and most of my open source work is related to dev-tooling.

Now that you know this about me, it’s easier for you understand why I am writing this post, and maybe why I think my opinion matters. Below is a copy-paste from the Twitter thread that I created on this topic:

1⃣ @Microsoft is about to acquire @GitHub. A lot of folks are skeptical. But I have a different view. Many of you know I am building a course on VSCode.pro for that, I’ve seen firsthand, how πŸ†š@Code repo is one of the best #OpenSource repos out there

2⃣— Once I created a GitHub issue at πŸ†š@Code repo for markdown and I was impressed by how vscodebot auto-assigned @MattBierner (who works on Markdown of VSCode) to the issue and then @tonybrix from MarkedJS helped me out. It was best GitHub automation WITH results ever! πŸ’―

3️⃣— Don’t “@” me coz I know about @Microsoft’s history with #OpenSource. I am a full-time open sourcerer and I can’t sit here quiet instead of supporting what looks like the new @Microsoft β€” @SatyaNadella’s moving the company from @Windows dependant to in-house @Linux dev

4⃣— Every other day I find/meet people working at @Microsoft using Linux/Mac based devices β€” even bought by the company for them. Guess what? 1,000 MSFT Employees pushing open source code on GitHub. This is a BIG πŸ†• change. Taking it lightly in 2018 would be tomfoolery.

5⃣— I’ve been most inspired by teams behind πŸ†š@Code (@auchenberg πŸ‘‹) and @Azure β€” I think that @JeffSand has built an incredible team of @AzureAdvocates folks like @ashleymcnamara @sarah_edo @jawache @burkeholland @simona_cotin @_clarkio @John_Papa @holtbt @film_girl @TommyLee

6⃣—I’m a big fan of “Dev Experience” (DX) that’s why I pay $200 for a font I use in πŸ†šCode & have built πŸ’―s of #OpenSource dev-tooling github.com/ahmadawaisβ€”Teams at @Azure are doing a lot to make DX better for the cloud β†’ @AzureFunctions + @Code integration is impressive!

7️⃣— GitHub’s been struggling to find a new CEO for a year. What if?
It’s my primary code hosting company. It’s helped me go full-time open source with the support from awesome dev community/companies. Safe to say that @GitHub has made #OpenSource better πŸ‘

8️⃣— @Microsoft has done a lot for #OpenSource in the last 4 years with @SatyaNadella.

πŸ†š @Code’s love.
πŸ’» @Linux Subsystem on @Windows.
🎯 Draft.sh for @kubernetesio didn’t have a Windows version and still offers @MacHomebrew as the go-to way of installing it!

9️⃣—@GitHub is not exactly a cash-cow. @Microsoft has put money where their mouth is β€” out of 1.5 Million organizations on GitHub MSFT has most GitHub contributors to its repos, it’s the biggest company with over 1000 employees contributing code to GitHub β†’proof of good faith!

πŸ”Ÿβ€” I think @Microsoft is changing for good. The intent here’s to connect with developers and not offend them by disrupting a good company. MSFT won’t change a lot but this acquisition might make GitHub a lot better. Also, MSFT will jump into ROR. It’s high time for #OpenSource.

Peace! ✌


Founder & CEO at Langbase.com Β· Ex VP DevRel Rapid Β· Google Developers Advisory Board (gDAB) founding member. πŸ§‘β€πŸ’» AI/ML/DevTools Angel Investor ❯ AI/ML Advisory Board member San Francisco, DevNetwork

🎩 Award-winning Open Source Engineer & Dev Advocate 🦊 Google Developers Expert Web DevRel πŸš€ NASA Mars Ingenuity Helicopter mission code contributor πŸ† 8th GitHub Stars Award recipient with 3x GitHub Stars Award (Listed as GitHub's #1 JavaScript trending developer).

🌳 Node.js foundation Community Committee Outreach Lead, Member Linux Foundation, OpenAPI Business Governing Board, and DigitalOcean Navigator. πŸ“Ÿ Teaching thousands of developers Node.js CLI Automation (100 videos Β· 22 Projects) & VSCode.pro course. Over 142 Million views, 22 yrs Blogging, 56K developers learning, 200+ FOSS.

✌️ Author of various open-source dev-tools and software libraries utilized by millions of developers worldwide ⓦ WordPress Core Developer πŸ“£ TEDx Speaker with 100+ international talks.

✨ As quoted by: Satya Nadella Β· CEO of Microsoft β€” Awais is an awesome example for developers.
πŸ™Œ Leading developers and publishing technical content for over a decade πŸ’œ Loves his wife (Maedah) ❯ Read more about Ahmad Awais.

πŸ‘‹β€¦ Awais is mostly active on Twitter @MrAhmadAwais


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