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  • What's poppin in v3.0? v3.0

    This release marks the completion of the ACM CSUF website v3.0 milestone 💫

    Spring '22 semester sprint


    During the Spring 2022 school semester, the team accomplished another great number of feats. This semester we gained an additional 8 new members to the web dev team! Each contributor got a step closer into the field of website development and through this experience, they can take this knowledge to further improve their skills. Thank you to everyone for the contributions!

    New to hub

    If you are interested in following along with us and becoming an v4.0 contributor, just watch out for any announcements on our blog ( or the acmCSUF Discord server.

    What's Changed

    Full Changelog: v2.0...v3.0
    GitHub Discussion (Mirror): #491
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    This discussion was created from the release What's poppin in v3.0?.

    June 2, 2022 • 14 min read

  • Git Good #1: Rewriting History

    Welcome to part 1 out of ??? of my git series (super original title I know) covering slightly intermediate to advanced topics that you may or may not have been familiar with. I figured what better way to start this series than by covering some of what are possibly the most dangerous commands in git and when you might want to use them. This blog post will cover 2 methods to rewrite history.

    WARNING: you almost NEVER want to rewrite history as it tends to end up being a great way to either shoot yourself in the foot, shoot someone else in the foot, or blow off the legs of everybody involved. If this is your own repository and you are the only contributor, then by all means, go off. If this is someone else’s repository then you should reconsider or instead consider using a git revert instead as it amends rather than rewrites history. However, if your intent is to erase commits from the commit log entirely then this guide is for you.

    Scenario 1: You want to rewind to a specific commit, nuking all newer commits

    What’s this? You accidentally directly pushed to the main branch and are now panicking because Karni might beat your ass the next time she sees you? Well there’s no need to fear because this is where dangerous git command # 1 comes into play.

    git reset --hard

    1. Head over to Github and copy the SHA of the commit you want to rewind to

    2. Head over to your terminal and run git reset --hard [SHA]. This will rewind your local copy of the repository to the commit you want, discarding ALL modified changes. If you’d still like to keep the changes without committing them, just exclude the --hard

    3. If you tried to git push now, your changes would be rejected as they would rewrite history in the upstream copy

    4. To remedy this, simply run dangerous git command # 2: git push --force which should be pretty self explanatory in what it does, which is to force git to accept your changes whether it likes it or not

    As you can see, our commits are now gone and your ass is now saved from Karni

    Scenario 2: You want to remove a specific commit or multiple commits but keep the rest

    Uh oh, you committed the wrong commit to the wrong branch and then committed more commits on top of that commit, Karni’s really gonna beat your ass now. Don’t worry, once again I got you covered with dangerous git command # 3

    git rebase --interactive (or just git rebase -i)

    Admittedly this command tends to be less dangerous, less easy to mess up, and actually legitimately useful for doing things like splitting a pull request with 3 features into 3 separate branches. Rebasing could honestly be a whole blog post on its own but I’ll be covering just 1 specific use case here

    1. Just like above, pick the commit you want to go back to and start picking from

    2. Head back over to your terminal and run git rebase -i [SHA], this will open a text editor, either nano or vim (personally I don’t know how to use vim so if you get vim then just press i to put it in notepad mode and use it like notepad)

    3. From here, you’ll see a list of commits past the commit you selected earlier, to remove a commit, either delete the line or replace pick with drop

    4. If you’re using vim it’s escape -> :wq to save and quit, if you’re using nano it’s ctrl + x

    5. From here you may or may not have to resolve any rebase conflicts which are just like merge conflicts so go ahead and get those resolved if applicable

    6. Once again, this rewrites history so you’ll have to use git push --force again and the commit in question should now be erased and your ass is once again saved from a beating
      Thanks for reading and once again please use caution when using these as they are as dangerous as they are powerful and you can easily lose your own or someone else's commits in the process or create a merge conflict problem for someone else when they suddenly can't push to main. Best advice I can give to minimizing this kind of damage is to only use these commands on branches/forks that only you work on and to never do this on main.

    Edit 6/8/2022: Make use of newly added code block support

    May 23, 2022 • 5 min read

  • Participating in the ICPC 2022 SoCal Regionals

    5 students made CSUF history on Saturday, February 26th at the ICPC 2022 SoCal regionals:

    ICPC 2022 CSUF athlete portraits (right to left, top to bottom): Aaron Lieberman, Justin Stitt, Yao Lin, Ethan Davidson, and Charlie Taylor

    The event was held at Riverside City College. Check-in began in the morning, then breakfast was served at the event once we got in.

    There was a practice session after breakfast to make sure the competition would go smoothly on the technical side and to make sure all the competitors were aware of the given development environment’s capabilities.

    After the practice session, we had free lunch out of a Habit food truck. We then began the competition after the lunch break ended.

    Once the time for the competition had run out, all the competitors left their battle stations that they had been hunched over for the last 5 hours. We then went back to the place where we originally ate breakfast. At that point, the results of the competition were not finalized; the results of the last fifteen minutes of code submissions were unknown so that we could experience a suspenseful ending ceremony.

    In the end, a team from Caltech narrowly earned the highest score with the UCLA team coming in a close second. As for us, our 2022 teams scored the highest combined total score in CSUF x ICPC history 😆

    If you are interested in learning valuable competitive programming skills, you can come to acmAlgo meetings throughout the semester where our acmAlgo officers will guide you down the mind-blowing rabbit-hole of programming. To learn more, register as a CSUF student on our Discord server to chat with our community members.

    March 4, 2022 • 2 min read

  • Top 10 reasons to not comment your code

    1.) It makes the code longer
    2.) It makes the code uglier (its a weird gray)
    3.) How do you even comment (its different for every language)
    4.) no one be reading your code
    10.) your comments are bad anyways

    thank you for coming to my ted talk

    January 25, 2022 • 1 min read

  • ♥ RSS RSS

    tl;dr: Check out our RSS feed on! 😎

    What is RSS?

    RSS is a specification built on top of XML which stands for Really Simple Syndication. Computer people tend to use RSS to keep track of things on the Internet that they want to be notified about when anything new is published. This technology is useful for the syndication of things like blog posts, but can really be used for all types of digital publications imaginable.

    How do we leverage RSS?

    Here on, our blog feature is an outlet for our community to publish computer science-related posts or in-depth updates/reflections about community events. In order to make sure people are notified as soon as a new post is published, we must be RSS-compatible. Lucky for us, RSS is really, really simple and only uses a single HTTP endpoint. You can find ours on

    How can you use RSS in your daily life?

    There are many ways people choose to indulge in RSS feeds. One way is to use a simple piece of software found online (e.g. desktop application, browser extension, etc.). A simple search in your favorite search engine should give you an up-to-date result.

    To subscribe to an RSS feed, all you need is a single HTTP endpoint commonly ending with .rss or .xml since RSS is expressed as an XML (Extensible Markup Language) document. Copy our HTTP endpoint below to subscribe within your RSS feed manager.

    Note: Other standards exist such as Atom and JSON feed and are often used as alternatives to RSS.

    Choosing RSS feeds to follow

    You're free to follow any publication that you like as long as you can find it online for free! For starters, you have If you have a favorite Subreddit, you can subscribe to its RSS feed using the RSS feed URL pattern,<your_subreddit>.rss (example: Most blogs and major Internet platforms incorporate RSS into their sites, so it is up to you to keep an eye out for the [commonly orange] RSS logo! This symbol indicates the existence of an RSS feed.

    RSS logo

    Making your own RSS feed manager

    If you are looking into learning more about RSS hands-on, you can actually interface with any RSS feed on the web as long as your favorite programming language has a trustworthy library for parsing RSS feeds (or at least XML documents).

    Note: If your language-of-choice does not have such a library, you will just have to implement the entire RSS specification yourself, which is not particularly trivial, so I’d recommend finding a language that is capable to make things easier for yourself.

    For instance, we use node-rss to format the RSS document found on Below are some libraries I found on GitHub that you can start with.

    RSS v2.0.1 Compatible APIs

    Language Library
    Node.js node-rss
    Python feedparser
    Go gofeed

    See also

    🎉 posted in celebration of v2.0 launch (release, milestone)

    January 25, 2022 • 3 min read

  • What's new in v2.0? v2.0

    This release marks the completion of the ACM CSUF website v2.0 milestone 💫

    Fall '21 semester sprint


    During the Fall 2021 school semester, the team accomplished many feats of engineering and broadened our technical horizons. This semester, we broke 10 (OMG!) total contributors in this repository! Each contributor took major steps forward in learning about open source web development and working in an organization-like setting with other human engineers. Congrats to everyone who contributed towards this release!

    New to hub

    If you are interested in following along with us and becoming an v3.0 contributor, just watch out for any announcements on our blog ( or the acmCSUF Discord server.

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    Full Changelog: v1.1...v2.0
    GitHub Discussion (Mirror): #262
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    GitHub Release (Original post):

    January 24, 2022 • 9 min read