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The latest presentation on Google Summer of Code, based on my experience as a Google Summer of Code student and mentor with the open source communities AbiWord and OGSA-DAI.

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Google summer of code

  1. 1. Summer of Code 2012 Kathiravelu Pradeeban
  2. 2. ContentsWhy GSoC?Before you begin..Right Project?Shout!Apply.Code.Conclude/Continue. 2What Else?
  3. 3. Google Summer of Code (GSoC)Code for your preferred open source organization for 3 months.University students of age 18 and more.Google coordinates and rewards you! 3 milestones. Getting Accepted. Mid-Evaluations. Final Evaluations. A certificate, an awesome t-shirt, and gifts! 3 {500, 2250, 2250} USD.
  4. 4. Some statistics of 2011175 Organizations 2096 mentors and co-mentors.Submitted 3,731 students, from 97 countries. 5,651 proposals.Accepted 1115 students/projects 68 countries. 4 595 universities.
  5. 5. Success Rate.. is pretty high!Passed the mid evaluations Success rate up to mid – 90%+Passed the final evaluations Success rate – 88% 5
  6. 6. Why Google Summer of Code? 6
  7. 7. What do you need?♥ 7
  8. 8. Timeline (2012)Feb 4th : Program Announced. th thFeb 27 – March 9 : Organizations apply. thMarch 16 : List of Accepted Organizations.March 17th – 25th : Students discussing project ideas.March 26th – April 6th : Students application period. 8
  9. 9. Timeline.. After getting acceptedApril 23rd : Accepted Students announced. Community Bonding Period Begins.May 21st : Coding Begins.July 9th – July 13rd : Mid Evaluations.Aug 13rd : Suggested Pencils Down. Tests, Documentation improvements, etc. 9
  10. 10. Timeline.. ConcludingAug 20th : Firm Pencils Down. Stop Work!Aug 24th : Final Evaluation Deadline.Aug 29th : Final Results.Aug 31st : Begin Code Submission to Google. 10
  11. 11. Before you begin..Google Summer of Code is all about being Open Source.Get your basics and motives right.Netiquettes.Sign up to the lists.Join the relevant channel. 11
  12. 12. Technologies..Version Control Systems SVN, CVS, GIT, Mercurial, ..Build Tools Ant, Maven, ..IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) IntelliJ IDEA, Eclipse, .. Microsoft Visual Studio, Anjuta, ..Issue Tracker 12 Bugzilla, Jira, Trac, ..
  13. 13. Communicating with the team.. and the mentor, over the InternetMailing Lists Dev, User, Commit lists, sub-groups, ..Internet Relay Chat (IRC)Issue TrackerForums and wikiBlogsSkype, Personal Mails, gtalk, conference calls, .. [with the mentors, if that is preferred.] 13
  14. 14. Network EtiquettesBe Specific and clear.Research (google.. ;)) before asking.Be helpful to others.Be ethical; respect.NO CAPS! (UNLESS YOU ARE SHOUTING!)Dont take messages personally.Dnt snd ur sms msgs to thrds or lsts. 14
  15. 15. Proper Addressing.. over the lists/irc/..Address the devs and users properly. First Name or Preferred calling name. NO Sir, Madam, bro, sis, pal.. Even if you know them, personally. No Mr., Dr., or Prof. either. Be gender neutral. “Folks” over “Guys and Girls”. Not too personal. Use “Hi”, instead of “Dear”. 15
  16. 16. Mailing listsPost only to the relevant list.Check the mail archives first.Avoid HTML mails.No [URGENT]/[IMPORTANT] tags.No unnecessary attachments.No Cross Posting.Dont hijack threads. 16Dont post off-topic.
  17. 17. IRC EtiquettesBe an observer first.Refer to others using their irc nick.Dont expect immediate replies; wait.Dont post bulk of text into irc. Post error logs to or and share the url instead. 17
  18. 18. Find a mentoring organization..Have a look at the list of GSoC2011.175 Last year!New Organizations.Google as the mentoring organization.Introduce GSoC to an organization (Sounds Smart!). 18
  19. 19. Find THE right project..Go through the organizations projects list. Some organizations publish pretty soon. Refer to the projects list of 2011 of the organizations till the GSoC 2012 is announced. AbiWord PhpMyAdmin Kubuntu DocBook Wiki 19
  20. 20. Get to know more.. about the projectsTalk to the mentor(s) Assigned by the organization for each project idea.Mailing lists and archives.Issue Tracker Open issues or tickets New features/enhancements (RFE) Bugs (easy/difficult and normal/critical) 20
  21. 21. What makes you special?Experience Being a great user doesnt mean that you can be a good developer.Your interests and motivation Pick something you really enjoy doing. Being a great developer doesnt mean that you can be a good contributor.Opportunities What makes you the right person? 21
  22. 22. Are you willing to contribute further?Willingness To contribute to the community Beyond the time frame of GsoC.We want committers and long time volunteers! Not just students! 22
  23. 23. ExperienceLanguage Java, C++, C, .. Not much time to learn a new language (?)Prove It! Patches. Assist other students!!! Project expertise Bug reports and fixes. 23 Go through the archives, wikis, and web sites.
  24. 24. Opportunities..Project that matches your previous work experience.Choose the right project.Timezone Difference Use it effectively e.g., For Sri Lanka,GMT + 0530.Multiple Applications (20!)Preferences! 24
  25. 25. Shout!Communicate early.Communicate often.Ask questions.Most importantly,Answer others questions!Mentor is your friend! 25
  26. 26. Be Known..Be heard!Be visible!Be responsive!Be quick! 26
  27. 27. ApplyRegister as a student for GSoC.Use the projects wiki for draft proposal if applicable.Apply on Googles melange. Can edit later, till the last minute! Get the mentors opinions and improve.Check often for the mentors comments attend to them. 27
  28. 28. Propose.. ♡How to impress.. the mentor/developers?Stick to the organizations template.Abstract.Introduce yourself properly. Focus on the relevant facts. Why do you fit? Your skill sets. List of the patches (if any) you have submitted. 28
  29. 29. Propose..Project Goals Proves you got them correct.Deliverables Code, Documentation, test cases, ..Description Benefits to the organization and other projects. Can also be given along with the timeline. 29
  30. 30. Propose..Timeline Finer details. Break upto periods of 3 - 4 days. Testing takes time. Dont be over-optimistic. Some organizations require considerable work hrs/week (40 ?).Links References and additional details. 30
  31. 31. Application TemplateName:Email:Project Title:Synopsis: A short description of your project.Benefits to the organization/project and/or other project(s):Deliverables: 31 Quantifiable results.
  32. 32. e.g.: “At the end of my project, AbiWord’s piece table will be 50 times faster.”Project Details: A more detailed description of your project:Project Schedule: How long will the project take? When can you begin work? Do you know of any planned absences or other major conflicts 32 summer classes, vacations, etc.
  33. 33. Bio: Who are you? What makes you the best person to work on this project?Additional Requirements: Patches / Specific requirements for the project.Further Related Information: 33
  34. 34. After the submission..Dont go invisible! Evaluation is still going on.. ;)You may be asked to provide additional information. Patches. Screenshots.Start coding on your project. only if you didnt apply for multiple projects. 34Be motivated.
  35. 35. Got Selected? yay/Dont Panic.You have one more month just to mingle with the developers and the code base.Mentors are there to help you!Keep touch with the developers.Users. 35
  36. 36. Community Bonding PeriodLearn the project Go through the code base Documentation. Coding styles and coding guide lines.Communicate oftenUnderstand the project idea more. Come up with a design. Start with simple hacks. 36
  37. 37. Coding.. Easiest task of all.. ;)Commit often, if given committership. Send daily patches otherwise. Meaningful Commit messages.Get feedback from the mentor(s).Keep the community updated Daily (?).Plan for the mid and final evaluations early, with the mentor. 37
  38. 38. Conclude/Continue..Pencils Down DateFirm Pencils Down Date GSoC Coding ends here.Get a tarball of all the diff files to submit to Google.Focus on becoming a committer if not already given committership.Keep contributing. 38
  39. 39. What else?More FOSS?Annual?Stipend?Student?Country/Location? 39
  40. 40. More Open Source programs/ InternshipUbiquiti RouterStation UI/FirmwareWesnoth Summer Art ScholarshipUmit Summer of Code (USoC)Season of KDE (SoK)The OpenMRS Internship Program (OIP)Joomla! Student Outreach ProgramRuby Summer of CodeFedora Summer Coding 40
  41. 41. Some links.. ;)GSoC-2011 FAQGSoC-2011 Accepted OrganizationsGSoC Student GuideGoogle Open Source Blog on GSoCProposal [Pradeeban] - GSoC 2009 AbiWordProposal [Pradeeban] - GSoC 2010 OMII-UK/OGSA-DAI 41
  42. 42. Are you ready?Have a look at the successful projects. Proposals available online - Wikis, blogs, ..Apache Software Foundation More slots and more choices. Tomcat, Derby, Axis2, and more ..Join the projects mailing lists and IRC. AbiWord 42 #abiword at
  43. 43. For more Information ..Join your local GSoC Google Group For e.g., Group for Sri Lankan students: GSoC IRC channel For e.g., Sri Lanka - #gsoc-lk at me a line. ;) | 43Logos used in the presentation are owned by the respective open source organizations or the individuals, and used for the particular non - commercial informative purpose only.
  44. 44. Questions?.. 44
  45. 45. Wish you all the best.. 45