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Re: Summer of Code: deadline approaches.

From: Malcolm Rowe <malcolm-svn-dev_at_farside.org.uk>
Date: 2007-03-08 19:43:14 CET

On Thu, Mar 08, 2007 at 11:36:08AM -0600, Ben Collins-Sussman wrote:
> http://subversion.tigris.org/project_tasks.html
>

Thoughts:

- Issue #2409: Operation and error logging for svnserve
I don't like this as a SoC task, for the simple reason that every time
someone turns up who's interested in working on it we say "uh, yeah,
actually, we need work doing in APR first". Could we suggest that APR
add something to _their_ tasks list instead, rather than pull a
bait-and-switch on potential contributors?

- Issue #695: Fix nonrecursive checkouts
I'd feel happier proposing this if Karl (or someone familiar with the
code) could come up with a subset that's well-defined enough to be a
SoC task.

- Improving the Python bindings
This is a good task, but why restrict ourselves to the Python bindings?

The Perl bindings need love too (I just saw an issue today about some
missing functionality), and while we've got something going on on a
branch, I'm sure we could involve a SoC student too, and similarly for
the other languages (which are currently lumped in with the 'Improved
Bindings to Other Languages' section, and seem to imply we'd prefer
SWIG/Lua bindings over improved existing bindings, oddly).

I like the other suggestions.

> In any case, we still need to pick some mentors and put them on our
> application form. Among the full committers, can we have some
> volunteers?

I'd like to be involved this time. I'm still feeling guilty about
receiving a SoC 2006 T-shirt without actually really doing anything :-)

> Finally, we need to choose how many students we'd like to have. My
> own gut feeling is that the perfect number would probably be "three".
> We're all pretty busy these days, and I don't think we really have the
> bandwidth to manage more than that.

Three active students, sure, but in the past we've had students go
AWOL. Perhaps we should aim for four and expect one of them to
disappear?

Regards,
Malcolm

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