Get to know people in the group. Message them and arrange to go for a coffee.
Make sure you read one of [‘clean code’, ‘code complete’]. Clean code is available at the PAL library, along with an assortment of other interesting books (Sutton and Barto 2018 being of note for those prospective RL aficionados amongst you) and paper printouts. Don’t hesitate to consult our reasonably well-informed library staff for recommendations.