GSoC – Week 1: Introducing Myself!

Who Am I?

My name is Sayak Sarkar, a coding intern for WordPress at this year’s Google Summer of Code. I’m a Post-Graduate student from India, currently persuing M.Sc. in Computer Applications from Symbiosis International University where I’m currently in my fourth (and final) semester. I’m also a successful GSoC’er from last year where I developed a Visual-layout based Input Method for my mother-tongue Bengali (bn-IN). Apart from these I’m also very actively involved with quite a few FOSS Communities, most noteably Mozilla, where I’ve been an active contributor for almost 2 years now.

What Will I Be Doing?

This year, I would be working upon developing a WordPress app for Firefox OS which would be somewhat based upon the Enyo.js based WordPress for WebOS app. Basically, I would be dissecting the earlier enyo 1.0 based code for the WebOS App, Upgrade the code to Enyo 2.2 , rework the UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. a bit, and bring the app back to life on Firefox OS.

Who Would Be Guiding Me?

I’m very happy to have Eric Johnson as my mentor for the project, as I feel that he is equally if not more excited about this project as I am.

Why Am I Here Doing What I’ll Be Doing?

Firstly, I’ve been working using WordPress for a long time now, mostly as a Web Developer using the CMS to build websites or as a Blogger to write random things that I come across. However, until now I didn’t have much contributions towards it. Last year I had planned on applying to WordPress but couldn’t as it wasn’t a mentoring organization then.

Secondly, Being a Mozillian, I’ve been following the development of Firefox OS quite closely for the last year and a half, especially the concept of web apps. A combination of my interests towards WordPress and Web Apps for Firefox OS are the primary factors which drove me towards applying to work with WordPress.

Here’s looking forward to a very successful coding season ahead and some significant contributions to WordPress. 🙂