Introduction to myself and getting to know the community

Hi Guys,
My name is Ujjwal Thaakar and I’m a 20 year old student of information
technology from India. I have been selected for Google Summer of Code
will be working on implementing bulk operations for Rails’ REST api. You
can read my proposal
As part of the community bonding period, I would like to know more about
this community, it’s way of functioning and etiquette as well as where
do I
start in my technical training since I’m not versed with the Rails code
base but I plan to contribute regularly for months and years to come
become a core team member one day! ).