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Re: Summer of Code: deadline approaches.

From: Ben Collins-Sussman <sussman_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2007-03-08 20:11:21 CET

On 3/8/07, Malcolm Rowe <malcolm-svn-dev@farside.org.uk> wrote:
> 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?

I'm torn on this. It's a new Subversion feature that depends on a new
APR feature. I have no idea whether APR participates in Summer of
Code, but even if they are, it sounds like a ridiculous task to have
one student working for both projects, or to have one student's task
depend on another.

However, since since a large percentage of svn committers are also APR
committers, I don't see a real barrier here. The student submits
patches, and then we commit those patches either to APR or Subversion
as needed. At most, it means having to negotiate feature-design with
two communities rather than one, but we can certainly help with that.
Doesn't seem like a showstopper to me.

> - 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.

I was under the impression that Karl was going to put up a
well-defined subtask here. Is that possible, Karl?

>
> - 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).

Seems reasonable to me, sure.

> 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?

Hm, that seems ok to me too.

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