GSoC projects announced
Hi everyone. As many of you may have noticed, Google has announced the
results for Google Summer of Code. I am proud to announce that we got ten
slots from Google. The following projects have been accepted:
Student (Project): Mentor
- Akshay Narasimha (Improvements to the Geometry Module): Stefan Krastanov
- Avichal Dayal (Series Expansion): Sergey Kirpichev, Stefan Krastanov
- Harsh Gupta (Improving Equation Solvers): Matthew Rocklin, Sergey Kirpichev
- Jim Crist (Linearization Routines for Equations of Motion): Oliver
Lee, Luke Peterson
- Kundan Kumar (Implementation of system of ODEs and Improvement of ODEs
solving Engine): Sean Vig, Tim Lahey
- Sachin Joglekar (sympy.vector module): Jason Moore
- Soumya Dipta Biswas (Implementation of Propositional and First Order Logic
in SymPy): Aaron Meurer
- Sudanshu Mishra (Introducing Optics module): Sean Vig, Ondřej Čertík
- Sushant Hiray (Extending Elementary Functions in CSymPy): Ondřej Čertík
- Thilina Rathnayake (Linear Algebra Module for CSymPy): Ondřej Čertík
Additionally, the following proposal will be accepted through the PSF with PyDy.
- Tarun Gaba (PyDy Viz Improvements and Enhancements): Chris Dembia, Jason
Join me in congratulating these students on their acceptance.
In case you don't know, Google Summer of Code is a program where Google pays
students to write code for open source projects. SymPy was accepted as a
mentoring organization this year. The goal of the program is to help the
students learn new skills, in particular in our case:
* contributing to opensource
* working with the community
* learn git, pull requests, reviews
* teach them how to review other's people patches
* do useful work for SymPy
* have fun, and encourage the students to stay around
To all the students who are accepted, you should be receiving an email from
your mentor soon to discuss how you will be communicating over the summer
about your project. You should meet with your mentor about once a week during
the summer to go over your progress. You should either meet on a public
channel (like Gitter), or else post minutes of your meeting in some public
channel, so that the whole community can see your progress too.
As I suggested on the mailing list earlier this year, we may also want to try
doing Google+ hangouts this year. Face to face chats can be very effective.
And you can make the hangout public, so that people can watch it in real time,
and the video will be uploaded to YouTube so that people can watch it later as
well if they want.
Another idea is to use Gitter custom channels. Be sure to make them public
and share the link if you do.
Some of you have been assigned two mentors. They will both work to keep you
on track for different aspects of your proposal. If you have two mentors and
one is not available for something, or does not know the answer, you can ask
I would like all of us to strongly encourage students this summer to submit
pull requests early and often. This will go a long ways towards making sure
that you don't end the summer with a ton of code written that never gets
merged. Students should help review pull requests by other students, so that
we don't get bogged down reviewing so much code.
We also require that all students keep a weekly blog of their work over the
summer. If you don't already have a blog, you should start one. I recommend
using either Wordpress, Blogger, or creating your own blog on GitHub pages.
If you are savvy enough to set it up, I recommend GitHub pages, but if you
aren't, both Wordpress and Blogger are good enough. The only requirement is
that it has an RSS feed, so we can put it on planet.sympy.org. I also
recommend that it have some kind of comments box, so that people can comment
on your work. Once you have set up your blog, send a pull request adding it
Starting on the week of May 19 (when the GSoC period officially begins), we
will expect you to have at least one blog post a week, describing your
progress for that week, or something interesting about your project. If you
don't have a post by the beginning of the day on Saturday, your mentor or I
will email you to remind you about it.
I will also blog throughout the summer on own blog at
http://asmeurersympy.wordpress.com/. I invite other mentors who have blogs to
do the same. And I encourage all community members to follow and comment on
the student blogs, so you can see their progress.
I would like to thank all the students who applied this year and everyone who
submitted a patch. I would also like to thank all the mentors for helping
review patches and proposals.
This summer is looking to be another very productive one for SymPy, and I look
forward to it!
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