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Re: Apache Subversion and the Outreach Program for Women

From: Stefan Sperling <stsp_at_elego.de>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 01:41:48 +0100

On Sat, Dec 01, 2012 at 05:36:34PM +1000, Miriam Hochwald wrote:
> To whom it may concern,
> I would like to express interest in contributing to Apache Subversion.

Hi Miriam!

I've volunteered as mentor for Subversion in OPW 2013.

> Projects of interest:
> -
> Improve bindings to other programming languages.
> - Show progress output.
> - Improve 'svn help'.
> - More customizable behavior for 'svn diff'.
> My core languages are C, C++ and Java. I have a familiarity with other
> languages as well (e.g. Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS etc.).

Do you have preference regarding which of these projects you'd
like to work on? Have you investigated any of these projects
more closely, and do you have any questions regarding any of
these projects?

Picking a project that you'd love doing and which will keep you
motivated is very important. You should have a gut feeling about
what the project entails, what you might want to learn about or
discover along the way, and communicate your thoughts on this.

Given that you know C and Python, the two main langauges used in
Subversion, you could take up pretty much any task of reasonable
scope for the 3 month internship. So if you find anything else
that interests you but is not the ideas list please don't hesitate
to talk to me about alternative project ideas.

> At this point in time I don't have Apache Subversion exposure. However, I
> note that there is an online book on the topic. My Noob status would
> provide a good insight into common learner perspectives, with relevance to
> the projects. I do have familiarity with UNIX and CVS.

Familiarity with CVS should be good enough, given that Subversion's
development is rooted in fixing CVS's shortcomings :)

> Please let me know if you would like to proceed with these discussions. I
> note that the deadline for the Outreach Program for Women is the 3rd of
> December.

Subversion joined the OPW program just last week, so the deadline for
3rd of December is rather tight. You should certainly try to formally
submit your application by then, but making a small contribution by
3rd of December is not a strict requirement.

Please note that as a project we prefer to keep any communication which
doesn't involve sensitive or private matters on the dev@ list (i.e this
list), which is publicly archived, so that everyone involved can stay
on top of what's going on.

I'm 'stsp' in #svn-dev on freenode, BTW. I'll try to be reachable
for you there as well, as far as my current schedule permits.
Received on 2012-12-02 01:42:26 CET

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