weekly top 5: October 12 - 16, 2015

Top 5 articles of the week: COBOL, AsciiDoc, and more

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This week Jen Wike Huger is reporting from the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, so I've rounded up our weekly Top 5 for October 12-16, 2015.

Top 5 articles of the week

#5. The importance of face-to-face in the open source world

Will you be at All Things Open in Raleigh, October 19-20? We will, along with most of our community moderators, including Jono Bacon. In his column this month, Jono talks about the importance of meeting in person, and how face time helps build stronger communities.

#4. A tool for tracking non-code GitHub contributions

First-time contributor Katie McLaughlin explains her clever solution to acknowledge non-code contributions to projects. "By acknowledging all the little things, both code and non-code contributions alike, there is a significantly increased chance of a contributor continuing to help, and in bigger ways," she says.

#3. Writing with AsciiDoc

Steve Ovadia introduces AsciiDoc, which he found to be a fantastically thorough markup language for writing books.

#2. Geriatric Linux: How an 'old geezer' came to terms with computers

Another first-time contributor, Emery Fletcher, shares how he got started using Linux in his 70s.

#1. 3 open source projects for modern COBOL development

Grace Hopper is the grandmother of the COBOL programming language, so a COBOL article seems especially fitting the week of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

About the author

Rikki Endsley - Rikki Endsley is the Developer Program managing editor at Red Hat, and a former community architect and editor for In the past, she worked as the community evangelist on the Open Source and Standards (OSAS) team at Red Hat; a freelance tech journalist; community manager for the USENIX Association; associate publisher of Linux Pro Magazine, ADMIN, and Ubuntu User; and as the managing editor of Sys Admin magazine and...