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GSoC Student Application Deadline Extended

Summer 2008
Credit: Luc Viatour

The Google Summer of Code 2008 student application deadline has been extended to Monday, April 7, 2008. GSoC is a great way for talented student developers to do what they love during the summer break and write great code in exchange for a $4,500 USD stipend from Google. This is Joomla!'s fourth year participating and we look forward to welcoming a new set of amazing talent.

Calling all Students

If you are an eligible student interested in this program, take time to read the student guidelines, review project ideas in the forums and on the wiki, and join the Joomla! Skype Discussion where you can ask questions before submitting your proposal. If you are looking for ideas, here are possibilities for which we have not received project proposals, but are very interested in seeing happen this summer.

Joomla! Core Package Distributions

Creating distribution packages is a tedious and critical job for any open source project. We welcome a GSoC project proposal aimed at creating a package distribution tool so that releases can be defined and automated processes build various packages needed. This environment must handle the creation of localized packages, an event which often occurs subsequent to the initial release. Statistical reporting for downloads given various time frequencies and regions of the world is desired. Environment will likely utilize SOAP and Phing.

CiviCRM - Organize your .org

CiviCRM is a PHP web application for non-profits, student organizations, and online communities to assist grassroots supporters, those they serve, and those they hope to influence. By helping integrate this vitally important "people management" tool with a powerful open source CMS like Joomla! v 1.5, you will contribute to initiatives which aim to:

  • Stop global warming;
  • End poverty all over the world;
  • Assist refugees of wars and genocide;
  • Organize action for positive social change;
  • Help student organizations be more effective on campus.

This is a great way to get involved with CiviCRM, Joomla!, and Google's Summer of Code while helping make the world a better place! To get started, check out these project ideas.

SEF URLs, URL Migrations, Transliteration, and 404/403 Error Handling

If you are interested in helping ensure Joomla! websites maintain top placement in search engine results, you will enjoy this project. We are interested in seeing a GSoC Project focus on these deliverables: a plugin to offer options for SEF URLs patterns; a plugin to handle URL redirects needed for site migrations; a component to handle HTTP 404/403 error handling; and, a plugin to handle transliteration of aliases for SEF URLs. The Joomla! end user community would get tremendous value from such a project.

Editor for Building Template Override Layouts

A powerful feature introduced in Joomla! v 1.5 provides ability to create new layouts for components through the use of template override files. Now, envision a WYSIWYG editor that lists data elements exposed by the component model for use in a view layout. Further envision Mootools drag and drop capability at play, simplifying the construction of new layouts without requiring knowledge of programming complexity. Site builders could publish these easy to develop layouts to their Web site using this new editor. If building such an environment sounds like fun, imagine what thousands of community members will think this fall when they begin using it!

Consider Mentoring

We need dedicated, talented people to help mentor a project. If you are interested, please feel free to ask questions in the forums about participation.

Thank you, Google!

Thank you to Google and special thanks to Leslie Hawthorn for all you do in support of students and open source projects. This is certainly shaping up to be a great Google Summer of Code 2008!

Google Summer of Code 2008: Now Accepting Applications

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Let's get running! The Google Summer of Code 2008 is now underway and students should submit their applications before the March 31, 2008 deadline. Visit the Joomla! Wiki for the GSoC or review the Student Guidelines for more details about the program and how to get a running start.

 

The most exciting applications we receive are from students who take time to discuss their ideas before submitting. As a student, you can check out the Joomla! Project's proposed ideas or discuss your own ideas in the Summer of Code forum. You will also get some great insight and help on the Joomla! Summer of Code mailing list. We want you to get to know Joomla! even better and increase your chances of a successful project.

As a mentor, you'll join a nice mix of experienced Summer of Code mentors, previous students, professors, and community members. If you aren't a Summer of Code mentor yet and would like to become one, read up on the easy mentor guidelines and how to apply.

Now it's time to spread the word (use this PDF flyer) about the Google Summer of Code. Join Joomla! in making this summer the best ever!

Joomla! Announces Participation in Google's Summer of Code 2008 Program

Nur Aini Rakhmawati

We are pleased to announce Google has accepted Joomla!'s application to participate in the 2008 Google Summer of Code (SoC) program. This is Joomla!'s fourth season and we are eager to welcome another group of contributors with fresh ideas.

With the Summer of Code, Google sets up a win-win situation for students and open source projects. Instead of flipping burgers during summer break, talented student developers can do what they love and write great code in exchange for a $4,500 USD stipend. Even open source projects benefit with improvements to the code base and a $500 USD stipend per participant.

Perhaps the most important benefit is the long term involvement that can result. Both Nur Aini Rakhmawati and Hannes Papenberg were invited to join the Joomla! Development Team after successful SoC projects.


If you are a student interested in participating, consider Joomla!

Joomla! is an international award-winning open source content management system deployed worldwide with more than 3.5 million downloads in the last year alone. If you participate with Joomla!, your work could have a positive impact on people all around the world. If you enjoy developing applications and you want to work with experienced developers using emerging technologies, consider Joomla!.

Since Joomla! 1.5 has recently been released after over two years of dedicated effort, this summer looks even more promising. In just a few months, Joomla! 1.5 has been downloaded over 350,000 times. Developers now have an object-oriented, pattern based API that follows best practices and is organized into well-structured and logical framework packages. The new MVC design pattern for components gives developers a great platform for rapid application development and prototyping. Developers can hook into nearly any part of the application stack using Joomla!'s newly reworked events system, implemented according to the observer design pattern.

Hannes Papenberg

Want to get started? Here's how:

The student application period begins Monday, March 24, 2008 and ends Monday, March 31st at 5:00 PM PDT. The application and submittal instructions will be provided on the Google SoC 2008 page soon. Other important dates and events are detailed in FAQ - Project Timeline.

Do you want to be a mentor?

Another great way to participate is to become a mentor. Get ready to learn, meet a new and interesting friend, and have fun. Mentoring for the Google Summer of Code project has proven to be a rewarding experience. It's not only a good way to share your knowledge and experience, but it is also an excellent way to get more involved with the Joomla! Project and to get to know other Joomla! developers.

For more information, read Want to be a Mentor? Start reading here! in the Joomla! forums and Google's Advice for mentors. Feel free to ask questions in the forums about participation.


This will be another great Google Summer of Code program!

Thanks to all of our past SoC participants, mentors, and especially to Google for helping make good things happen with the Google Summer of Code program. We are confident 2008 will be the best year ever!