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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!

 

Joomla! 1.5 Demo Site Available

The Joomla! 1.5 Demo Web Site is now available online. Using the demo site, you can take a closer look at the new Joomla! 1.5 features and changes.

The demo site content is refreshed every 30 minutes. There are security precautions in effect to protect the privacy of other site users and to better ensure site stability. To test drive the demo site, you need to register and activate your account by clicking the link in the activation email. All user accounts are given Super Administrator access and can perform all functions except those that could be abused. Each demo user account remains active for one month.

Feel free to use our new resource and to share it with others interested in exploring Joomla!'s capabilities!

Learn more about Joomla! 1.5

If you want to learn more about Joomla!, the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Joomla! contains a wealth of information for new users. Here are some additional resources for those just getting started:

Joomla! 1.5 Features

The Joomla! Core Features Guide, written by James Ramsay, is another good way to review basic functionality.

Joomla! 1.5 Quick Start

The Joomla! 1.5 Quick Start Guide, written by Kevin Hayne, and the series of accompanying videos developed by Michael Casha, are excellent step-by-step learning tools. These tools take you through building a Joomla! Web site for a fictitious landscaping company, from download and installation to configuration and template customization. They're a fun and easy way to master Joomla! quickly.

Questions or Problems

Please report any problems with the demo Web site in the Sites & Infrastructure forum. If you have questions about using Joomla! 1.5, please post in the Joomla! 1.5 forum. Have fun with Joomla!

Special Thanks

A special thanks goes out to our own Levis Bisson for working to get the new demo site up and going.