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  • Jen Mylo 6:16 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink
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    No GSoC 2012 

    WordPress was rejected as a mentoring organization from GSoC for this summer. This is unexpected, as I spent some time during the application period talking with Carol (Smith, the GSoC administrator) about our proposed approach of building a release cycle around GSoC and making it a mentorship-focused release and she seemed to approve the idea.

    We can still do a summer mentorship-focused release for 3.5 if we want to, though. We could pimp it as independent study for credit for college students and put more focus on non-student potential contributors, such as from the plugin/theme ranks. If nothing else, it would avoid the inevitable couple of students who are only in it for the $$. We’ll need to decide if we still want to do something along these lines, or if we don’t.

    Why did we get rejected? We don’t know yet. I used last year’s successful application as a template. There will be a feedback meeting in a week or so, and Carol says to attend that when it is announced and we can find out why during that meeting.

     
    • Daniel Chatfield 6:20 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That is very unexpected. I’m a student and would love to get involved :)

    • Brian Layman 6:20 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Well that’s unexpected… If we are going to get feedback from that meeting, it probably won’t pay to spend time speculating on the reason right now…

    • Aaron D. Campbell 6:22 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mentorship-focused doesn’t sound that far from the teams setup we used for 3.4. The other advantage is that we can mentor any age, rather than restricting it to college students.

      • Jane Wells 6:26 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Was planning to do that anyway. The GSoC part would have been a good push on external deadlines, though.

      • Kyriakos 8:45 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Sounds like a good idea Aaron. There is a wider audience than college students that will like to participate and need the guide from a WordPress Guru.

    • drecodeam 6:26 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is seriously unexpected, but yet for us students the idea of the mentorship focused release is a nice option now, i would still love to get involved for this summers. One of the major advantages of GSoC program was the structured approach it puts the students in. If you can still chalk out such a plan, a lot of good work can still be done from the students who are deeply interested.

    • George 6:37 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think students who wanted to work with WordPress would contribute anyway. Will WordPress team still provide mentorship?

      • Stas Sușcov 7:22 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This is debatable. WordPress is solid enough (probably that’s the reason why Google thought it doesn’t need help) to get a SoC or some sprints like it happened during 3.5 cycle.

        I remember http://rubysoc.org and it’s a great example. I would help crowd-sourcing/mentor/contribute to some projects like bbPress/BuddyPress or why not Coursewa.re.
        And many would do the same.

        • George 7:26 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          That would be great. I wanted too ask about BBs mentorship. You did a great job with Courseware, I’ve idea similar to Courseware, but not sure can it be done on top of your project. Maybe when you have time we can chat and discuss this.

        • Stas Sușcov 7:30 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Thanks, sure, anytime.

    • George Stephanis 6:40 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Still planning on keeping it to core contributions only, or possibly opening it up to plugins as well? The latter could get a bit messy paperwork-wise without a more consistent oversight if done for credits.

    • mitcho (Michael 芳貴 Erlewine) 6:44 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I feel surprised and saddened by GSoC’s decision, but I agree that having a program to get new contributors more involved through some mentorship is a powerful thing that could continue outside of the purview of the GSoC program. I hope that does indeed happen.

    • Mert Yazicioglu 6:52 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wasn’t expecting that just like the others but I’m sure there are many people out there (like me) that would love to take part in a mentorship-focused release. Most of us students have more time than the core developers during the summer so I’m sure we can make great contributions.

      This is certainly sad news but not a show-stopper in my opinion.

    • Kyriakos 7:05 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Why unexpected? WordPress should see this coming. Is obvious that Google at some point would stop supporting competitors to its own products like WordPress is for Blogger and soon other organizations will follow. (Firefox>Chrome, ChromeOS competitors etc.)

    • Jane Wells 7:17 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Now that the list has been released, we are in good company… Drupal, Mozilla, and other big projects are out, also. There are only 54 organizations listed (vs 150+ in past years) and most look to be smaller ones.

      • Tunilame 7:42 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        But the list is getting longer with minutes (180 participating organizations marked, but only 73 shown ’till now), is that normal?

      • Jane Wells 7:51 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        My bad. Not all the orgs are listed yet, because they only show up on the list ( http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/program/accepted_orgs/google/gsoc2012 ) after they have filled in a post-acceptance profile. For all we know, Drupal, Mozilla, etc may have been acepted and we just weren’t. Will find out for sure at next week’s meeting.

        • Rafael Poveda - RaveN 11:14 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think WordPress have enough support by companies to begin with your own WordPress Summer of Code without funding problems. As said before, it can be an excellent opportunity to allow more projects –not just students projects– and to focus in company-related issues too.

      • Egill Erlendsson 8:20 pm on March 20, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Drupal, Joomla, Mozilla, Wikimedia, Django are on the list of accepted organizations, which makes the decision even more interesting.

    • Kyriakos 7:21 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mozilla products are direct competitors to android (b2go) and chrome (firefox) etc This day was about to come Jane, Is quite anorthodox for a company to pay competitors to grow bigger stronger better.

      • Jane Wells 7:27 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Leaving multiple comments with the same content is a good way to get marked as spam. We got it the first time. And completely disagree.

        • Kyriakos 7:38 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          And what is the reason for this kind of move from Google Jane according to your opinion?

        • Jane Wells 7:54 pm on March 16, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We will have to wait until the meeting next week to find out. We have participated for 5 years though, and are not exactly in need of the helping hand that GSoC offers.

      • Mert Yazicioglu 10:09 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Having a stronger competitor is a good thing, it motivates you to do greater things. GSoC is to get students more involved in Open Source and not Google or its products. Google is just trying to contribute to the growth of the Open Source ecosystem, that’s all.

        And by the way, Mozilla is accepted so your argument is invalid in every possible way.

    • rhh 12:48 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      GSoC rejection does not matter at all. In fact WP can have its own summer of code for all open source stuff, maybe in some other name. WP needs independent and unique branding, which it has but needs to be MORE. For example, Facebook have no mention of WP, neither Google in the form of small icons, logos, or the “like it” buttons, so WHY does WP needs that in its various properties/web estates?

      First step towards shaking the unhealthy dominance by G,FB, Apple – be UNIQUE dear WP!

    • DrewAPicture 8:32 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It was probably all the jokes about Melange finally getting fixed.

    • Thorsten 10:39 am on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Bummer, nevertheless I would be happy to mentor any student who wants to do something “WordPress” during the summer.

    • Frederick Townes 12:51 pm on March 17, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is a bit of a surprise for me, but what I can say is that there’s still an opportunity to drive innovation for WP. Whether it’s as transparent as it could be or not, there’s quite a bit of mentorship permeating this community and I agree with some of the prior commentors that this community has the means to “institutionalize” that mentorship in least in terms of manifesting those values in the form of it’s own program. As usual, it would set the bar in terms of culture for other open source groups as well, which is definitely not a bad thing (nor a small feat). So I’m all for an “internal” mentorship program (which can have quite few different possible legs).

    • Shibu Lijack 4:28 am on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am extremely disappointed! Being a college student, I was eagerly waiting for GSOC’12. I thought for sure WP would be one of the mentoring organisations. So I started preparing months ago.. Developed quite a few plugins and themes. But how unfortunate! All my hopes and dreams shattered. I still wish WP could somehow get accepted into GSOC’12.

    • Stas Sușcov 4:13 pm on March 19, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For students looking for WordPress GSoC projects, last two years Creative Commons were looking for a WordPress developer. I checked again and it looks like their WordPress RDFa plugin is still on their ToDo list:
      http://wiki.creativecommons.org/RDFa_Plugin_for_WordPress

      if you really-really want to help CC, I could be a lamb and even help you with my last year proposal draft (just to help you dig into what they were looking for) :)

      Good luck!

    • mbijon 5:28 pm on May 3, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Any news yet on why we weren’t accepted this year?

  • Jen Mylo 6:39 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink
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    GSoC/Summer/3.5 

    Normally we don’t start talking about the next release until the current one is out the door, or at least in beta/RC, so this post jumps the gun a bit, but for a good reason: the GSoC deadline. There are two approaches we could take toward our participation in GSoC this year, and one of them is tied closely to 3.5.

    Historically

    • Good GSoC mentoring takes time. Time is hard to come by at the best of times, even harder for many during the summer.
    • Many of our previous GSoC mentors have held the position for several years and could use a break from trying to mentor while simultaneously working on features for a regular release.
    • Almost none of our GSoC projects have actually made it into core. A few because they were plugins, but most because once GSoC is over there hasn’t been a concerted effort to follow up on these projects.
    • We often run late on dev cycles.

    Since 3.4

    • We have ramped up several core contributors to more responsible/trusted roles as a result of the 3.4 process experiment (teams, cycles, updates, etc). This could mean more mentors.
    • We are running late in our dev cycle, and with SXSW about to eat a week, I’m thinking we’re about to get even more behind. My guess is we’re looking at a May launch, not April.
    • The stated intention of having all feature dev for the cycle tied to a central goal of making it easier to customize your site didn’t really happen. There were at least 3 teams working on features that had nothing to do with this, and another couple that were related, but not smack in the middle of it. Good features all, but we failed in sticking to that goal as a unifying concept.

    Proposal

    What if for 3.5, instead of it being a “regular” cycle, we made it a mentoring cycle tied to the GSoC schedule (shorter than normal)? If we assume 3.4 will launch sometime at the end of April or early May (and if it does happen earlier, awesome), that would put us in a position to start working on 3.5 right when the GSoC accepted students are announced.

    If we chose a “release concept” (like customizing your theme, but something different) and outlined every feature/enhancement/bug that’s related, we could make those things be the potential GSoC projects. We could work in teams like in 3.4, but in this case each team would have a student or two working on things with them closely. Since these would be the only features being worked on (additional bug-fixing always ongoing, obviously),

    • Students would be guaranteed mentor attention and working with core
    • We would be more likely to do the work necessary to get student work to commit-worthy status
    • We would target a launch for late August to coincide with the end of GSoC (so we could do one more small release before end of year)
    • We could do additional outreach to include new contributors who do not qualify for GSoC (too young, too old, not in college, etc), improve our mentoring skills and processes
    • At the end of this mentorship-focused summer, we would not only have the features developed by mentees, but we would have an ideal pool of people to help us create documentation to help new contributors.

    I’m thinking that what might make sense would be for there to be a team or two that doesn’t mentor or work on a feature for 3.5, but begins working on one of the more complex things we keep putting off, so that it could be the first thing into 3.6 (like gallery management or something similar).

    Deciding on a release concept that could be done in a 2.5-3 month cycle would be important. I’m thinking maybe it could be the feedback loop — improving comments and communication with readers via html emails, forms, etc on the front end and a UI facelift of the comments/related screens on the back end, putting something cool into Twenty Twelve around this (or just support for something in core related to same), etc. There are a number of projects around this that have been done in the past that could be looked to for inspiration and/or what not to do, it’s needed attention for some time, and it’s not as complicated as something like media or multisite.

    Thoughts? Specifically, thoughts on:

    • Doing a mentorship-focused release timed to GSoC
    • Potential areas of focus for 3.5 if we were to do this
    • Mentoring in teams like 3.4
    • Wanting to mentor in this case
    • How many students you think we could take on if we used teams like in 3.4

    Comment here today, and tomorrow I’l round up the core team to see what people think based on the conversation so we can make a decision and I can update our application before the application deadline if needed. If we don’t do something like this, then I’m planning on reducing our GSoC student allotment to 5-6 students (we’ve asked for up to 15 in the past) to ensure enough mentors and adequate attention/follow-up on projects.

    Thanks for your input!

     
    • Jane Wells 6:50 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We could theoretically extend the idea of a mentorship summer to other groups:

      • UX/UI… could help with gallery management ideas and comping/wireframing for the non-gsoc teams
      • Forums… could write up a handy guide to solving common support requests and mentor new volunteers
      • Theme Review Team ditto
      • etc etc
    • Justin Shreve 6:53 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think it’s a great idea. I agree that one of the biggest problems of GSoC in the past has been pulling things back into core. One of the reasons like you mentioned is time and the summer ending. I also think a lot of the projects are not appropriate for core. Most are better suited for plugins/themes anyway. If we really want GSoC projects to benefit core then we should have all of the projects be core projects.

      Since this is a little different from previous years I am thinking we shouldn’t use up all 15 spots. Maybe 8-10 students. The fewer students we use, the more attention/mentors they can get. I think last years GSoC of having multiple mentors worked pretty well.

      I’d love to help/mentor with GSoC again. Especially so if we do something with the feedback loop.

      • Jane Wells 7:20 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We don’t automatically get 15 spots, I just gave that as an example. Here are our numbers for previous years (passed/total):
        2011: 10/12
        2010: 13/15
        2009: 6/8
        2008: 6/8
        2007: 10/10

    • Mert Yazicioglu 7:08 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Even though I developed a WordPress plugin as a GSoC proejct last year, I agree that GSoC projects should contribute more to the core.

    • Travis 7:09 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fantastic idea, Jane. I think this would be a much better experience for students, and result in better production of things that would/could make it into core.

      I also really, really like the idea of reaching out to non-students to be mentored. That might be the motivation I (and people like me) need to get more involved with contributing.

    • Ahmad Awais 8:12 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am willing to participate in GSoC this year through WordPress , keep me posted.
      I am a beginner , will it be hard for me to adopt the core? I am into plugin development basics

    • Andy Skelton 8:18 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Excellent idea.

    • Erlend 8:26 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Like I believe I suggested last year, I think WordPress’ sister projects, mainly the “BBs” (bbPress & BuddyPress) could benefit greatly from a cycle dedicated to them alone.

      WordPress itself doesn’t have any big publicity gains through GSoC, as it just feeds on its existing userbase. The BBs however could use the extra attention directed their way, seeing as a huge amount of WP users & even developers still don’t know exactly what these projects can do and how far along they’ve come.

      • Jane Wells 8:31 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, but it is WordPress that Google gives the allotment to, not bb or Buddy. We include the plugins, but the limiting factor there is appropriate mentors. J-trip is only one guy, and even with Boone and Paul (and we’ve never had all 3 at once) that’s very few mentors compared to the number of people capable of mentoring WordPress. bbPress and BuddyPress could also apply to GSoC as separate projects, but have not wanted to in the past, so that they could take advantage of the support offered by being under the WP umbrella.

        Realistically, though, GSoC is not about teaching users and developers about projects. It’s about grooming new contributors and creating more open source code.

    • Paul Gibbs 8:36 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So, I’ve been looking forward this summer to seeing if I can get involved with GSoC. I’m interested in mentoring, and what BuddyPress can get from it — I’m definitely inspired by what Stas and Boone did in previous year(s). WordPress core doesn’t hold the same sort of social focus that attracts me to working on BuddyPress.

      I get the sense that the idea is to change the outputs away from generating a ton of new or specialised plugins, and onto WordPress core, which I agree is a better way for wporg to be participating in the GSoC. I would obviously prefer for this to not be at the detriment of possibility of a project for BuddyPress (or bbPress, or GlotPress, or any of the mobile phone apps, for example).

      • Mert Yazicioglu 8:40 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I wonder if we could have something like the following:

        5 seats for WordPress core
        3 seats for BuddyPress
        2 seats for Mobile Apps

        • Jane Wells 8:53 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          We have NEVER EVER EVER turned away a mobile, bbPress, or BuddyPress application due to lack of spots. Every single year, those specific projects are chosen by the mentors who want to work on them. So if this year Boone, Paul, and J-trip said they didn’t want to mentor, there probably wouldn’t be bb/BP projects. They get to choose which ones are worthy/that they want to work on. Every year I’ve donated spots back to the common GSoC pool because the mentors have chosen to focus on fewer projects with the most impressive applicants, because mentoring is a serious obligation and they don’t have unlimited hours in a day. If people want to see more GSoC projects in the areas of mobile, bbPress and BuddyPress, the first step is to go get more regular contributors to those projects who would then be qualified to mentor GSoC students in the future.

        • Mert Yazicioglu 9:18 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m so sorry, my bad. After seeing Paul’s post, for a split second I thought we were talking about allocating all seats to the WordPress core. After sending the comment I realized that is not the case, but it was too late. Shouldn’t have rushed to comment, sorry for any inconvenience I caused.

      • Jane Wells 8:48 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Mobile apps, bbPress, and BuddyPress have always had mentors from their own group of committers. This post really applies to those coming from the WP core contributor group.

    • Eric Mann 9:28 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Fantastic idea overall. Working in teams definitely makes the workload a bit easier (particularly if team members are in different time zones). And scheduling the 3.5 cycle to include GSoC will make things easier on core developers.

    • Wojtek Szkutnik 10:35 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A few thoughts:

      100% in for fewer spots with more focus. There are several projects from earlier GSoC editions awaiting to be merged in some part with the core – if we were able to give them more focus earlier, they would probably be already there. I still find my GSoC 2010 patches merged to the core every few weeks.

      @outreach – great idea! From my GHOP/GCI experience, people in high school have far more free time to contribute to open source. We could prepare fliers, presentations etc and try to reach them. Also, GCI mentoring requires more time but probably less skills, so if we were to participate in GCI next year it would be easier to find mentors (I, for one, would happily devote some time to be a GCI mentor again and won’t give up my GSoC student status this year for Summer of Code mentoring ;) )

      On a side note, I would really like to see unit tests for both JS and backend in this year’s tasks. I would definitely apply! :) Testing may require some additional knowledge but brings great profits and I believe that unit tests would be very helpful – the sooner we improve this part of WP development, the less backward regressions we’ll experience in the future.

    • Conor Hughes 11:13 pm on March 7, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I am but a lowly user of wordpress but I really like the sound of this. Keeping it teams makes it fun for all of us outside the dev comunity.

    • Mark Barnes 1:25 pm on March 8, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This makes great sense to me. Improving core should always be the priority of the core developers.

    • Jane Wells 11:15 pm on March 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      UPDATE:
      I corresponded with Carol (the administrator of the GSoC program overall) and she said the approach sounded good. She said putting students onto teams with mentors and/or other students would be fine, as long as we were grading them on their own code. Since everyone starts out writing their own patches before the back-and-forth revision process kicks in, I think this seems pretty easy to ensure. Will discuss more with the people in Austin this weekend (Jaquith, Nacin, Koop, etc) but am thinking that we’ll give it a try.

    • Gustavo Bordoni 5:33 am on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So I would like to know how to submit a project/idea to be part of the GSoC program with WordPress Core improvement?

      • Jane Wells 3:45 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Student applications aren’t accepted until Google opens the application period, and for that matter, we haven’t been approved as a participating organization yet. That said, getting involved early definitely increases the chance of being selected. Submitting patches for core bug tickets before applying is important. You can also talk to WP devs in #wordpress-dev on freenode.

  • Jen Mylo 7:58 pm on February 22, 2012 Permalink
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    In addition to the usual program of check-ins, questions, and strategy in today’s dev chat, I’d like to carve out a few minutes at the end to talk GSoC. I’ll probably start putting together our application this weekend to be a mentoring organization, and will need to know who we’ve got on tap for mentoring teams.

     
  • Jen Mylo 7:03 am on February 5, 2012 Permalink
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    GSoC time! Google announced GSoC and I’m guessing we’ll do it again, so roll call: who wants to be a GSoC mentor this year? Second: who wants to be the administrator? I’d like to get it off my plate if possible. Candidate should be able to keep track of dates, have good writing skills, be willing to nag (even people you respect), and be able to prioritize GSoC communications.

     
  • Jen Mylo 12:01 pm on August 29, 2011 Permalink
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    GSoC is over, almost everyone passed, and it’s time to see how everyone did. There will be one last round of student IRC chats:

    • Template Versioning, David Julia: August 29, 16:00 UTC
    • Language Packs, Marko Novakovic: August 29, 16:30 UTC
    • Local Storage Drafts backup, Mihai Chereji: August 30, 16:00 UTC
    • Enhanced emails, Wojtek Szutnik: August 30, 16:30 UTC
    • Extending WP Webservices, Prasath Nadarajah: August 30, 17:00 UTC
    • Threaded comments, Lukasz Koprowski: August 30, 17:30 UTC
    • WordPress Move, Mert Yazicioglu: Sept 1, 16:00 UTC
    • File Uploader Upgrade, Jacob Gillespie: Sept 1, 16:30 UTC
    • Document Revisions, Ben Balter: Sept 2, 16:00 UTC
    • learn.wordpress.org, Stas Suscov, Sept 2, 16:30 UTC
    • Refresh Android app UI, Anirudh S: Sept 5, 17:00 UTC

    You can read all about them in advance if you haven’t been following along at http://gsoc2011.wordpress.com/

    Chat room in on irc.freenode.net #wordpress-gsoc

     
    • Andrew Nacin 4:42 pm on August 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Marko’s chat went well. Unfortunately David’s will need to be rescheduled.

    • Jacob Gillespie 8:25 pm on August 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      You missed mine… :(

      Andrea scheduled me for September 1 at 16:30 UTC. My project is the WordPress File Uploader Improvements

      • Jane Wells 9:23 pm on August 29, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That is because you didn’t get back to Andrea in time, so she scheduled one for you when you got back to her after we had posted the schedule. Yours and Anirudh have now been added to the list above. She is working on rescheduling David.

    • Daryl Koopersmith 6:03 pm on September 2, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Anirudh S’s chat has been rescheduled to Monday, Sept 5, 17:00 UTC.

  • Andrew Nacin 4:19 pm on July 20, 2011 Permalink
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    GSoC project review chats 

    Project review IRC chats with the community start tomorrow. These will be in #wordpress-gsoc on irc.freenode.net.

    Thursday July 21, 15:00 UTC:
    Refresh Android app UI, Anirudh S. (primary mentor @danroundhill)
    Extending WP Webservices, Prasath Nadarajah (primary mentor @wanagi)

    Thursday July 21, 16:00 UTC:
    Enhanced emails, Wojtek Szutnik (primary mentor @aarondcampbell)
    learn.wordpress.org, Stas Suscov (primary mentor @johnjamesjacoby)

    Thursday July 21, 17:00 UTC:
    Document Revisions, Ben Balter (primary mentor @mitchoyoshitaka)
    Local Storage Drafts backup, Mihai Chereji (primary mentor @filosofo)

    Friday, July 22, 16:00 UTC:
    Template Versioning, David Julia (primary mentor @ocean90)
    File uploader Upgrade, Jacob Gillespie (primary mentor @dkoopersmith)

    Friday, July 22, 17:00 UTC:
    Language Packs, Marko Novakovic (primary mentor @nacin)
    WordPress Move, Mert Yazicioglu (primary mentor @developersmind)

    Monday, July 25, 16:00 UTC:
    Threaded comments, Lukasz Koprowski (primary mentor @westi)

     
    • Aaron D. Campbell 5:38 pm on July 21, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Unfortunately the chat was a flop. The students were there along with mentors, but no one was there that was interested and NOT already in the loop.

  • Jen Mylo 2:45 pm on July 15, 2011 Permalink
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    The GSoC students have posted instructions on how to access their projects to try them out, as they are all in working condition. Please check them them out — many are in plugin form so it’s easy to try them. We have projects for File Uploader, Language Packs, Document Revisions, Local Storage drafts backup, Courseware/learn.wordpress.org, Enhanced emails, Threaded Comments, Extending WP Webservices, Refresh Android app UI, WordPress Move, and Template Versioning.

    After you’ve tried any of the projects, feedback would be great! Let us know what you thought of them in the comments, and if you have specific technical questions/suggestions, use the student blog. Review/feedback chats will be scheduled for next week.

     
  • Jen Mylo 11:46 pm on July 3, 2011 Permalink
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    3.2 will be launching this week. I know everyone will be itching to start talking about features for 3.3, but I’d like to put a moratorium on that for a week or two so that we can spend some dedicated time looking at the GSoC projects.

    We have a history of getting great students, being excited about their projects, then not paying much attention once they’re underway. We need to change this. These students are potentially the next generation of WordPress leaders, and we should be paying close attention to their work (and thinking about how we can use it).

    As it happens, next week is midterm for the GSoC students, which is perfect timing for a review, since all students are meant to have their projects coded and ready for testing by this point. After 3.2 is released, I’d like all the leads and committers (and any other interested contributors) to look over each project and provide feedback to the student/mentor groups. We could do this on our student blog, in IRC chats, or a combination.

    Does anyone have a problem with postponing 3.3 talks for a week so we can make sure our GSoC kids are on the right track?

     
  • Jen Mylo 6:25 pm on July 1, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: gsoc   

    Sorry for the short notice: a few GSOC info chats for student projects got re-scheduled for today (schedule posted over on the WP/GSoC blog night before last). If anyone is around, it would be great to show the students some support and ask them questions about their projects in #wordpress-gsoc on irc.freenode.net.

    IRC chats for @dajulia3, @suscov, and @anirudh24seven are scheduled as follows for this Friday, July 1:
    Anirudh: 18:30 UTC
    David: 19:00 UTC
    Stas: 19:30 UTC

     
  • Jen Mylo 4:34 pm on May 13, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: gsoc,   

    GSoC Student Chat Today! In half an hour (17:00 UTC) in #wordpress-gsoc, hear about, ask questions regarding, and get to know the developers of these student projects:

    • Ben Balter (Document Revisions), whose mentors are Mitcho, duck_, Jorbin
    • Prasath Nadarajah (Extending WP Webservices), whose mentors are Thorsten and Eric Mann

    Note: Stas Suscov (learn.wordpress.org) is being rescheduled for next week along with the students who missed their chats this week.

     
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