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Hello everybody,

I'm following the development of 0ad for a while ago, and I'd like to let you know about the google summer of code program, http://code.google.com/intl/de-DE/soc/, which could be really interesting for this project in the incoming years. Basically this program pays a student during their summer break for developing a specific task in one of the open source project accepted by google. The list of accepted project and student for this year can be found here: http://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/projects/list/google/gsoc2011 . GSOC 2011 has already started so it's not possible for an open source project to apply for it but it'd be nice to keep it in mind for the next year and start thinking about some suitable tasks.

I also have seen in some open-source projects that they have a list of easy tasks for making easier the new developments to get their feet wet, example: http://wiki.documentfoundation.org/Development/Easy_Hacks . I'd be nice to have such a list here as well, so it would be less painful for a new development to start developing here.

I hope you find this information helpful.

Cheers

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The problem with GSOC is that we need to have someone who'd be able to mentor the applicant, and at the moment at least the programmers already working on the project don't have time to do much more than program themselves. Maybe something for the future, but at least for the foreseeable future it doesn't seem too likely we'll be able to participate in GSOC.

The documentation for new programmers (http://trac.wildfiregames.com/wiki/GettingStartedProgrammers ) can probably be improved, but we do have such a list already: http://trac.wildfiregames.com/query?status=new&status=reopened&keywords=~simple&order=priority

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zombie post :P

i was thinking about the Android implementation (or at least GUI and control) task for next GSOC.

What do you think?

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Do we even qualify for GSoC? If we do, and we get selected, I think we should get them working on core things, like working with Philip on path finding, or on technologies, and profiling/improving the heck out of the game to make it faster.

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Do we even qualify for GSoC? If we do, and we get selected, I think we should get them working on core things, like working with Philip on path finding, or on technologies, and profiling/improving the heck out of the game to make it faster.

Well, the project most definitely does qualify, however, we don't have developers with enough time to devote to mentoring. (If they'd have that much time we'd see more progress even without the GSoC ;) )

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Well, the project most definitely does qualify, however, we don't have developers with enough time to devote to mentoring. (If they'd have that much time we'd see more progress even without the GSoC ;) )

i'm not a programmer, but i think the task i've proposed should require less mentoring than more critical and core ones like pathfinding

Unknown Horizons, a game like 1602, partecipates to gsoc since last year

http://www.unknown-horizons.org/

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Perhaps we could use the latest Pledgie Drive funds to secure a mentor. We could pay one of the dev's to take some time off to do some work and mentor a student, it'd be like getting two for the price of one! Sadly though, life rarely works out that well. Still, I think it's something worth considering.

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An interesting thought gudo, but it would require every single donator to agree to the use of their money.

@Erik: I think we have enough mentors now. Last year we had two (Philip and Brian). Now we have Philip, Alex (fxcSanya), Ben (historic_bruno), Jereon (vtjs), and Jonathan (quantumstate).

Collectively there should be enough people to mentor the applicant.

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just to remember that March 9 is the Mentoring organization application deadline

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@Erik: I think we have enough mentors now. Last year we had two (Philip and Brian). Now we have Philip, Alex (fxcSanya), Ben (historic_bruno), Jereon (vtjs), and Jonathan (quantumstate).

Collectively there should be enough people to mentor the applicant.

Reading the documentation gives me a general impression that there is normally one primary mentor. I don't how much work this is likely to be. I do have a friend who was a mentor (and student) on the SOC program so I could ask him what kind of commitment is needed. Also I will be starting an job in early July so I don't know how this will affect my contributions to the project.

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maybe, for gsoc 2013, you could propose some of the tasks that are planned for part 2, like units on the wall

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Apparently we can only do Google Code-In after successfully mentoring uni students in GSOC:

For many students the Google Code-in contest is their first introduction to open source development. For Google Code-in we work with open source organizations, each of whom has experience mentoring university students in the Google Summer of Code program, to provide "bite sized" tasks for participating students to complete.

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ok, then just a remind for GSOC 2013 :)

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