[SDL] Looking for GSOC mentors

Andreas Schiffler aschiffler at ferzkopp.net
Fri Mar 22 07:50:12 PDT 2013

This year's project ideas all center around 
testing/bugfixing/solidifying rather than adding fancy new features. The 
goal is to not introduce more issues into a "release branch" by adding 
experimental features, but make SDL 2.0 the cool functional release.

As Sam put it a few days ago:
We'd like enterprising young developers to fix the code previous GSoC 
students have left behind! Sign up now for fame and glory!

There are also a few more ideas around the new test framework as well as 
potentially some CMake work.
We are still working on the final text/list.


On 3/22/2013 2:10 AM, Vittorio Giovara wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 7:23 AM, Andreas Schiffler 
> <aschiffler at ferzkopp.net <mailto:aschiffler at ferzkopp.net>> wrote:
>     Hi SDLers,
>     this year I'll be preparing the Google Summer of Code 2013
>     application for SDL.
>     To help with this effort, I am looking for a few additional
>     mentors. Mentors would be expected to tentatively commit to GSOC
>     2013 by the end of this week and should also supply a project idea
>     which will be posted and submitted with the application. If SDL
>     gets accepted (April 8th), mentors would need to commit to
>     participate in student selection (April-May) as well as mentoring
>     (June-September) and final evaluations. Mentors don't get paid
>     (students do), but can apply to attend the mentor summit in
>     Mountain View (October) which paid for by Google and a lot of fun.
>     Mentors should have experience with coding and SDL, have fixed a
>     bug or submitted a patch (preferably accepted), be sociable within
>     the FOSS community and able to help students succeed. Prospective
>     mentors, keep in mind that with the SDL 2.0 release pending, the
>     theme of project ideas this year should be less about fancy new
>     features but more around quality, usability and stabilization
>     within the SDL 2.0 codebase (i.e. a visual testing, Cmake builds,
>     game examples, etc.). Also note that you'd be expected to be able
>     to take a lead mentoring role should your proposed idea find a
>     matching student.
>     Below are a few references about GSOC and mentoring. If anyone on
>     this list is interested, please drop me a direct email.
>     Thanks,
>     Andreas
> It's great that SDL is participating in GSoC again! SDL vouched for 
> Hedgewars the first time it applied and I am always grateful for that.
> After a two year experience, I must say is a great opportunity for 
> mentors and students together and the summit is a lot of fun indeed!
> If you've got some experience with SDL and you are not mentoring 
> another project, please lend a hand!
> Andreas, do you have a list of possible project ideas already or are 
> you looking for a few inputs as well?
> Best,
> Vittorio
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