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Re: GSoC '09 -- are we in?

From: Hyrum K. Wright <hyrum_wright_at_mail.utexas.edu>
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2009 09:37:16 -0500

On Mar 10, 2009, at 9:18 AM, C. Michael Pilato wrote:

> http://google-code-updates.blogspot.com/2009/03/now-accepting-applications-for-google.html
> Google is now accepting apps for projects wishing to participate in
> the
> Summer of Code program for 2009. What's your pleasure?

(FYI, project applications are due Friday at noon.)

I'd like to see us participate, but we've got to handle the program
better than we have in past years. We typically throw together a
bunch of candidate projects, get a couple of good applications and
many mediocre ones, accept a couple of students, give them branches in
the repo, and hope they succeed. That's not a recipe for success.

How could we improve? I don't know the answer just yet, but I do know
we're lacking in several areas. We aren't:
  * attracting quality students
  * providing sufficient mentoring to those students
  * using the resulting code in a timely manner
  * retaining students as developers after SoC ends

I don't know the reasons for the above, and certainly our new release
strategy will improve things, but we need to make a more concerted
effort if the program is to succeed. We can start by updating the
list of suggested projects[1] and making that page navigable from our
main page.

I hope we participate and succeed in Google Summer of Code this year.


[1] http://subversion.tigris.org/tasks.html#summer-of-code

Received on 2009-03-10 15:37:51 CET

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