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Re: FSF spring internship applicant looking for a GNU project

From: Rik
Subject: Re: FSF spring internship applicant looking for a GNU project
Date: Wed, 31 Jan 2018 08:04:15 -0800

On 01/31/2018 07:49 AM, address@hidden wrote:
Re: FSF spring internship applicant looking for a GNU project
edmund ronald <address@hidden>
01/31/2018 07:48 AM
Andrew Engelbrecht <address@hidden>
octave-maintainers <address@hidden>, Darshan kadu <address@hidden>
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Maybe I shouldn't be posting here, but as a lurker on this list with a PhD in Applied Maths,  I suspect the lack of enthusiasm about Darshan stems partly from the fact that Octave is mathematical software, and Darshan does not seem to have a very mathematical CV. Maybe if on the Octave TODO list there were a topic which is graphics, UI, or web oriented he could suggest specifically working on that aspect ...

Indeed, I don't want Octave to appear unwelcoming.  There are loads of projects available, and a mentor can almost always be found if someone shows a specific interest in a task.  Besides the GSoC projects, there is also Octave's general list of projects (http://wiki.octave.org/Projects).  Edmund mentioned some other possibilities besides intense algorithm work.  I think creating a new Property Editor (I wrote the write-up for that on the GSoC page) could be a good one.  That would involve Qt graphics programming.  That said, most things in Octave require knowledge of either C++ or the m-file language.  Fortran, C, and Perl are used in very small doses and all of that code is basically in maintenance mode rather than new development.



On Wed, Jan 31, 2018 at 4:26 PM, Andrew Engelbrecht <address@hidden> wrote:
On 01/31/2018 09:51 AM, Carnë Draug wrote:

> Octave is applying to GSoC as an independent organization too.  So
> yes, there are mentors available but at this moment there are also a
> lot of applicants.
> There are a few pages on the Octave wiki about GSoC too, namely Summer
> of Code Projects Ideas [1] which includes steps on how to apply.  We
> don't really have mentors full-time, but the community is very active
> and if you make questions on IRC or the mailing lists, you're likely
> to get a reply.

Hello Carnë,

Thanks for your reply. If Darshan is sufficiently self-directed in his
approach to the internship, would it be okay for him to pick one of the
GSoC (or one of the other) projects and work on it this spring?


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