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Mini MediaWiki Training at VVIT

Author: Ananth (CIS-A2K), KCVelaga, Sumanth699

Summary: VVIT WikiConnect with the support from CIS-A2K organised a three-day workshop on MediaWiki and other technical spaces of Wikimedia projects. The participante were active members of the Wiki-club, and students of Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology. This training was conducted to groom more contributors to Wikimedia technical spaces from India, especially capture the interest of students with a bit of coding knowledge, and also increase participation at Indic TechCom. Event page at CIS-A2K/Events/Mini-MWT at VVIT (Feb 2019).

The entire training program had been spread over two remote-online sessions and one onsite workshop for three days, in which ten students took part. The first online session was conducted on 6 January 2019, during which several areas and concepts related to Wikimedia tech were discussed. These included an overview of technical areas for contribution, developer account, introduction to Phabricator, and MediaWiki, alongwith its installation on a local machine. On 19 January, the second online included discussion around Object-Oriented Javascript (OOjs), OOUI, PHP, and creation of a simple PHP web app.

The main workshop (on site) was conducted for three days, from 21 to 23 February. Jayprakash12345 led the training, along with the support from Tito (CIS-A2K). Day 1 of the training was largely spent on revising the points discussed during the two online sessions. Day 2 of the workshop was kicked off by a remote-talk by SSethi (WMF). It was followed by a demonstration and hands-on session on creating manual extensions on local machines, using OOUI in MediaWiki, creating widgets, HTML form. Before closing, the participants along with trainers brainstormed on taking this training forward, and how further follow-ups should be planned. On Day 3, the participants were introduced to Gerrit, and took up various pre-created tasks on Phabricator and worked on them. Before the closing, each participant worked on at least one task. All of these have been listed in the following table;

User name Task Number User name Task Number
Asrija1 Nivas10798
Harika Mekala Sumanth699
B leelasai Sri Lekha Pathakamuri
Naga sai sravanth SuswethaK
MNavya Ananth subray

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