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Hackernote on gsoc


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Hackernote on gsoc

  1. 1. google summer of code 101 sri harsha.P - cooking bits from past 6 years!
  2. 2. agenda • why gsoc? • before you begin. • right project? • how to integrate yourself into the community? • how to apply? • being a competitive applicant. • wrapping up in style.
  3. 3. it’s not child’s play!
  4. 4. why gsoC ? • money? …YES! • but something more important: • opportunity, expertise, recommendations, fame and glory.
  5. 5. gsoc stats over the years • Over 7,500 successful student participants since 2005 from 97 countries • 50 million lines of code produced by students • over 7,000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide • 440 open source projects • 2,010 universities represented • success rate is pretty high.. isn't it?
  6. 6. what do you need?
  7. 7. timeline • Oct 8th 2013: program announced. • feb 3rd -14th: org’s application period. • feb 24th: list of accepted org’s. • feb 24th - 10th Mar: students discussing project ideas. • mar 10th - 21st: student application period.
  8. 8. timeline after acceptance • apr 21st: accepted students announcement. • may 19th: coding begins. • jun 23rd- 27th: mid evaluations. • aug 11th: suggested pencils down. • aug 18th: firm pencils down. • aug 22nd: final evaluation deadline. submitting code samples. • aug 25th: final results announced.
  9. 9. pre- planning • gsoc is all about being open source. • get your basics and motives right. • etiquette’s. • sign up to the lists. • joining relevant channel.
  10. 10. technologies • version control systems - git, cvs, svn, mercurial,… • build tools ant, maven,… • ide’s - intellij idea, eclipse, aptana studio, netbeans,… • bug trackers bugzilla, jira, trac,…
  11. 11. communication is the key • mailing lists dev, users. • internet relay chat [irc] • issue trackers. • forums and wiki. • blogs. • personal mails, Skype, conference calls.
  12. 12. network etiquettes • creating a good impression is everything! • be specific and clear. • google before asking. • be polite. • be helpful. • be mature. • never use caps [unless you are shouting!] • dnt use sms lang. you will be mocked to embarrassment.
  13. 13. proper addressing over irc/lists • Address the dev’s and users properly. • first name is always preferred. • NO sir, madam, bro, pal even if you know them personally. • no mr. dr. prof. either. • be gender neutral. EX:“folks over guys and girls” • and dont be too personal - use hi instead of dear.
  14. 14. more on mailing lists • post only to the relevant lists. • check the mail archives first before asking a question. • do not use [urgent]/[important] tags. • do not add attachments. • do not spam. • do not post off topics in dev mailing lists.
  15. 15. little more on irc • be an observer first. • refer to others using their irc nick. • create an irc nickname for yourself. ex: hydra • be patient. do not expect immediate replies. • do not post bulks of text into irc. They will kick you out of their channel. • post error logs using paste bin.
  16. 16. how to find an org? • there are 190 organizations this year. • first, have a look at them. • go through their websites. • check whether they are new or not?
  17. 17. finding the right project • go through org’s project ideas list. • talk to the mentors. • select a project to suit your needs. • consider your skill set. • go for the best fit. • don’t limit yourself to ‘popular’ projects.
  18. 18. writing a good proposal • spell checking tools - use them. • do ground work on the project idea. • good proposal is very crucial. • be open, even with your proposal. • cheating in anyway wont help.
  19. 19. future contributions • willingness to contribute after gsoc? • org’s need committers and long term volunteers.
  20. 20. be an ideal candidate • coding skills. • past contributions. • attitude. • learning ability. • communication[co herent, rapid and meaningful].
  21. 21. experience • adept in any language? • prove it to the dev’s! • contribute before gsoc to increase your acceptance rates. • assist other students.
  22. 22. applications? • how to apply? - google melange • how many can you apply? • is it restricted to one organization? • register as a student for GSOC. • use the projects wiki for draft proposal. • you can edit it later. You can improve the proposal by taking inputs from your mentors. • check often for your mentor comments on your proposal.
  23. 23. key points in proposal • project goals. • deliverables - code, test cases, documentation… • rough timeline for the project. • research which you have done on the project. • add mockups if you have. - added grade. • why do you fit? - your skill set. • list of previous open source contributions and internships if any.
  24. 24. how to write a rough timeline • finer details. • break it into periods of 5-6 days. • testing takes time - assign considerable time for it. • don’t be over optimistic. • some projects require considerable work hrs/week. maybe 40?
  25. 25. after submission • don’t disappear. • you may be asked to provide additional information.- may be a small interview!! • start working on the project if you have applied only to a single project. • be motivated always.
  26. 26. got selected? • YAY! your battle has begun! • don’t panic. be prompt, be truthful. • you have one more month - community bonding period. • mentors are your friends. they are there to help you out. • keep in touch with the fellow dev’s. • remember! mentors wont write code or write abstracts or do documentation for you. • they are here to guide you and tell you what to be done.
  27. 27. • start with small tasks to make your life easy. • never make your own decisions. consult your mentor. • send status updates every day. - do not procrastinate. • communicate like an engineer! - don’t give stupid reasons. • keep track of your progress and backup! • don’t limit your scope to your project. • work as hard as you can, because gsoc is one job that really pays off.
  28. 28. statutory warning! • don’t make incoherent excuses. • don’t vanish without any explanation. • don’t be slow in responding to emails. • don’t be unprofessional. • don’t be lazy.
  29. 29. but most importantly, a word of advice from my previous mentor…..
  30. 30. “I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.” –Michael Jordan
  31. 31. Life after gsoc • the end of gsoc program is the inception for great opportunities… if you play your cards right! • jobs. • recommendations. • experience working with foreign clients. • a positive online presence. • conferences. speaking opportunities. • scholarships. chance to get into google :D
  32. 32. resources • gsoc/org/list/public/google/ gsoc2014 • index.html#ideas-tab • RES/Summer+Of+Code+2014 • gsocstudentguide/ • open-source/soc/?csw=1
  33. 33. fork me; tweet @shellzero drop a mail: