Fwd: Google Summer of Code 2008 is on!

Patrick W. Barnes nman64 at n-man.com
Thu Feb 28 07:45:37 UTC 2008

On Wednesday 27 February 2008, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> I think we need to be careful about delineating any differences between
> the interns and summer coders.  Interns should be expected to perform at
> a higher and more intense level of effort.  However, I could see one or
> more summer coders working in concert with one or more interns on
> related projects.  In that case the mentors for the summer coders should
> plan and coordinate with whoever is responsible for the interns in
> question.

While they could work on related projects, a stipulation for the SoC students 
is that they must work on their particular project alone.  If we want them to 
work on a project that closely connects to something larger, we'll have to 
set aside a dedicated slice of that project for the SoC student.

> It's important also that for both interns and summer coders --
> especially the former -- that the emphasis be on building things that
> are going to be community enablers, preferably visible ones.  Whatever
> work is done should be documented to an extent that the community has a
> chance to continue working or improving on it as needed.

I would consider that a reasonable expectation on any project.  The work will 
need to be documented in order to show progress and completion as part of the 
SoC program, anyway.

Both of these points tie back to accountability for the coders and usability 
for the rest of the project.  That's a very important part of both the intern 
and SoC programs, and I don't see either succeeding without adequately 
addressing these concerns.

Patrick "The N-Man" Barnes
nman64 at n-man.com



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