Decoding magic can be hard but not impossible. Take a deep breath before I start with a nice overview of the Amplify CLI and its source code. Be patient as I unfold the mysteries behind this large code base.

I am Aditya Sharma, a third year Computer Science student at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Jammu. Yes! I belong to that so called “TIER-3” group but I firmly believe that hard work and a bit of proper guidance can never let anything come between you and your goals.

It is time to share my wonderful journey to GSoC, tips and tricks to get selected and what all you can do before GSoC to take a step closer to your dream career.

My Journey

I got to know about Google Summer of Code program from some of my college seniors…

Our sweet GSOC family literally coded the summer away with some of the best developers from around the world always ready to hold our hand in case we loose balance. Now the hardest week has come. Its time to say goodbye and I am not able to get over it. The end is getting closer as you read this but my heart is not designed to close the best doors so easily. My brain is full of brand new ideas to implement after the GSOC timeline. For now lets check out my latest patches which got merged this week.

What did I do this week?


I started this week with a heavy heart. I entered the last coding phase of the best experience of my life. I made my mind that I will keep contributing to this project and organization and make the most of this awesome learning opportunity. I will not let it end here. I can already imagine a smile on my mentors face as they read this. You are the best people I have ever met and worked with. Now lets jump to my magic work. :)

What did I do this week?

“Many solutions will work but keep solving the problem till you optimize it and reach…

A whole new set of awesome features are here for our beloved users. Do not get worried by the heavy terms in the title. Sit back, relax and follow me to catch a glimpse of my implementation for giving you the best possible user experience. You will soon be able to write your own story, share with us how you use our products, relate to other users’ stories, vote them up and we’ll make sure we deliver cohesive solutions to you.

What did I do this week?

This week it was time to design a personalized notification system for our users to notify them about the…

This time I let the title reveal the much awaited features that are up and running by the time you read this. I am really excited to experience that adrenaline rush when I get a chance to vote in the real elections and choose our leaders of tomorrow. For now I can fulfill my desire by contributing in selecting the best and most wanted user story of the season. Follow me to understand how I solved the mystery of votes and relations.

What did I do this week?

Recall that complex bug where Strapi could not find the schema for our user story model and kept…

The world is full of relationships. Everything around us is connected to each other in some way or the other. Sometimes relations can be hard to figure out. Join me as I help you create a unique relation with our user story system and some of its brand new features.

What did I do this week?

This week started with full action and thrill as usual and we decided to modify our models to align with our product name. This means all existing models had to be renamed according to the user story theme on the server side. A rename operation seemed like a small and…

Sometimes we are not able to express all our thoughts and ideas in one go. A great idea may strike later or you may want to comment and give some suggestions and feedback to stories of other users. Come explore with me some exciting features that I added to our feature request system using Strapi , GraphQL and React this week.

What did I do this week?

A strange bug starts the week with some thrill and action. Our whole application breaks when a user logs in to the system and submits a new user story. Crash!

We were checking and dividing our user stories on…

You definitely received exactly what you wanted and you enjoyed using it. Now you just want to know how this actually works under the hood. Is it real magic? Did god just shaped it according to your needs and sent it down from heaven? Come with me and I’ll answer all your GraphQL queries.

What did I do this week?

It took me some time to realize that GraphQL is not another programming language. It is a specification or a technical standard. This mean it can have several implementations and variations. GraphQL.js is the JavaScript reference implementation. Legends like Strapi implemented a fully customizable GraphQL plugin…

It is a dream come true situation when you get exactly what you want, neither more nor less. This also gives a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment. You already know what I am talking about. If you feel lost by now then either you are not a GraphQL fan or you are not aware of real magic. Follow along to catch a glimpse of GraphQL in action with Strapi.

What did I do this week?

Users can register, login and logout from the feature request system by now. Some forget passwords really quick. I have got you covered. You can now reset passwords with a click…

Aditya Sharma

Software Developer | Google Summer of Code 2020

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