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Re: I want to learn more about the soc proposals

From: Hyrum K. Wright <hyrum_wright_at_mail.utexas.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 09:02:42 -0500

wrote:
> Hi developers,
> I'm interested in the Google summer of code program and the ideas you
> proposed. And I would like to learn more about it. The soc page suggests
> that I can find the answers here.
> I've scanned through the list of ideas and found them are generally moderate
> in workload and should be quite suitable for a soc subject. I mean, I think
> I will be able to handle one of which within my summer vacation. So I would
> like to have a try.

Welcome, and thanks for your interest!

> Now, here come my questions:
> First, how can I apply for your proposal as a student?
> Should I apply to Google or to you subversion developers?
> Am I supposed to prepare some formal material to qualify myself, such as a
> detailed design proposal?

The answers to these questions are in the SoC FAQ:
http://code.google.com/opensource/gsoc/2008/faqs.html

> Perhaps I should introduce myself a bit. I'm a graduate student of
> University of Science & Technology of China, majored in computer science.
> I've gained some coding & debugging experiences during my campus days. I use
> subversion to manage my projects. That's why I will be interested in your
> proposals.
> I've gone through the materials you provided, such as those for the first
> idea -- deselection interface for sparse directories, got the idea of the
> proposal of "sparse directories" and the task that need to be worked out.
> Although I don't think it is hard to implement, I currently still have no
> idea of the detailed solution, since I'm just a user NOW, not a developer
> YET.

Not a problem. Most of us started out as users before developers.

> Yes, I'm reading the 'Hackers Guide to Subversion'. And it would take me a
> couple of days to understand the underlying mechanism of subversion. Will I
> be adequate to apply for your proposal?

I think your proposal should just convince us why you'd do a good job on the
 selected project, not necessarily how you'll go about doing it. Last
year, when I
was a student, we spent the "bonding time" of April and May working on the
design for my selected task, and it ended up working out pretty well.
Reading
HACKING is a great start in the process, though.

I can't speak for everybody, but when evaluating proposals, I look as
much for
potential as I do at the past history. We just want to see why you want
to do
the project, and why you'd be the best qualified to do so.

Do you have specific questions about a particular task (either the sparse
directories interface, or something else)?

-Hyrum

Received on 2008-03-22 15:03:00 CET

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