[Xapian-devel] GSoC 2012 admin

Marius Tibeica mtibeica at gmail.com
Tue May 8 13:11:55 BST 2012

Please create my journal outline, the blank project plan and notes pages on
the wiki (I don't want to mess up the names).
I've filled up the missing information.


On Tue, May 8, 2012 at 5:43 AM, Olly Betts <olly at survex.com> wrote:

> If you're one of our six selected GSoC students, please read through this
> email and attend to anything which needs doing.  If anything is unclear,
> please ask.
> I've created a page on the wiki for each of the selected projects, which
> are all linked from this overview page:
> http://trac.xapian.org/wiki/GSoC2012
> There's a table of useful information on each summary page.  Please check
> that this is correct for you, and fill in the missing information.  For
> most of you this is:
>  * "work hours" - we realise you probably won't be working exactly the
>   same hours every day, but it's useful for us to have some idea when we
>   can expect you to be around.  We also encourage you to be on IRC in
>   #xapian at least while you are working, as that will make interaction
>   easier.
>  * repository location - I've filled this in where I already know it, but
>   for the rest of you please clone/fork our repository, push it to
>   a public location, and put a link to that on your project's wiki page.
>   There are already xapian git mirrors on gitorious and github, but any
>   public hosting site is OK.  If you need help getting to grips with git,
>   just ask - that's what we're here for.  Don't forget to actually push
>   changes regularly (at least once a day is good) so there's a remote
>   backup of your work, and so we can easily review your work.
>  * Journal - this is for you to document your progress, which will help
>   the mentors (and other interested people) to follow how you are doing,
>   and is also likely to help you.  If you already have a blog, or would
>   like to start one, then you can just post to that with a tag, or in a
>   category, so that it's possible to just see the posts about the project.
>   Then link to that from the wiki page (the trac wiki format for external
>   links is:
>   [http://blog.example.org/ Journal]
>   If you'd prefer to just maintain the journal on the wiki, let me know
>   and I'll create an outline for you, like the one we used last year.
>   During coding, you should aim to make at least a couple of entries each
>   week.  It doesn't need to be anything formal - just what you're working
>   on, what you have recently completed, what obstacles you're frustrated
>   by, etc.  Communication is an important part of your project.
>  * Project plan - this is for the project plan part of your application
>   - i.e. the bit which talks about the project and the timeline.  We want
>   a publicly visible copy of this so that anyone in the wider Xapian
>   community who is interested in the project can see it.  You can either:
>    + Copy the proposal to the wiki.  We did this last year, and the
>      main annoyance is that you need to reformat it to use trac's
>      wiki syntax.
>    + Mark your proposal as "public" in melange and link to it there.
>      Note that this means that personal information in the proposal (like
>      phone numbers, etc) will be public.  If you'd like to remove such
>      things, ask Dan or me and we can record them elsewhere and allow you
>      to edit the proposal.
>    + Attach the proposal to the wiki in some other format.
>  * Notes - this is intended as a place to note down any information which
>   is useful to you and/or other people interested in the project, such
>   as links to background information and other useful resources, TODO
>   items, other notes, etc.  You may prefer to keep such information in
>   a README in your code repository, in which case you can just link to
>   that.
> Feel free to create more sub-pages or links if you'd find them useful.
> Each project has a "primary mentor".  One reason is because someone needs
> to be in Google's system as your mentor, but they are also responsible for
> making sure you do actually get a response to questions, and things like
> that.  But we're intending to use a similar "group mentoring" approach as
> we did last year, so you'll be expected to discuss issues and ask questions
> in public via the #xapian IRC channel or on the xapian-devel mailing list.
> This is better for you as it means you don't have to wait for one person to
> be available to respond, and better for us as it makes it easier to keep
> track of how everyone's doing.  Public communication is also the way open
> source projects usually work, and GSoC is meant to give you experience of
> working in an open source project.
> If there's an issue you'd rather not disclose in public, then you can
> either talk to your primary mentor, or to one of the admins (that's Dan
> Colish and me).
> "To do" summary:
> * Set up your git repo (if you haven't already).
> * Fill in missing info (and correct any errors) in your page under:
>  http://trac.xapian.org/wiki/GSoC2012
> Good luck with your projects, and we look forward to getting to know you
> better over the course of the next few months.
> Cheers,
>    Olly (on behalf of the Xapian GSoC mentors)
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