Accepted Students

Five students to be mentored by Haiku in Google Summer of Code 2012!

For this year's Google Summer of Code™ program, we at Haiku have been allocated five students! In 2012, 406 mentoring organizatins applied and 4258 students submitted 6685 proposals. Haiku is proud to be one of the 180 accepted mentoring organizations, with five accepted students.

Over the years, Haiku's goals for Google Summer of Code have evolved. Originally the ability to evaluate the students' capabilities was lacking and the attention was simply on choosing projects that filled a need. Now, the emphasis is placed on choosing the best students, as they are more important than their short term code contributions. During the application process, those students instilled a sense of hope and confidence in Haiku's mentors that they will mature into full project contributors. In other words, this is our opportunity to grow and refine young, intelligent, and highly motivated students into people who will continue to develop Haiku in the years to come.

For the past three years, students applying to Haiku were (at first encouraged and later) required to submit a code contribution. By requiring potential students to submit a code contribution during the application period, Haiku's mentors achieve several things. First and foremost, it shows that each student possesses basic skills that many of us take for granted -- using a bug tracker and compiling Haiku's sources. More importantly, it provides our mentors with some insight into each individual student's motivation and abilities. This year a total of 17 patches were submitted during the application period. 13 of which were submitted by our top 5 selected students!

Accepted Students

Yongcong Du

  • Mentor: Fredrik Holmqvist
  • Project: add cpuidle support

Pawel Dziepak

  • Mentor: François Revol
  • Project: NFSv4 client

Andreas Henriksson

  • Mentor: Axel Dörfler
  • Project: BFS Partition Resizer

Hamish Morrison

  • Mentor: Andrew Bachmann
  • Project: OpenJDK port

Alex Smith

  • Mentor: Ingo Weinhold
  • Project: x86_64 port

Additional Mentors

It is worth noting that Haiku has moved past the "one mentor per student mentality". In addition to the primary mentors listed above, the following people are part of a pool of mentors. The mentor pool is available to all students, as a supplement to their officially listed mentors. This improves the so-called Bus Factor, by enabling other interested and knowledgeable people to participate in the students' daily activities.

  • Bruno Albuquerque
  • Stephan Aßmus
  • Adrien Destuges
  • Alexander von Gluck
  • Rene Gollent
  • Scott McCreary
  • Urias McCullough
  • Joseph R. Prostko
  • Oliver Ruiz Dorantes
  • Philippe Saint-Pierre
  • Niels Sascha Reedijk
  • John Scipione
  • Alex Wilson
  • Clemens Zeidler
  • Siarzhuk Zharski

In closing ...

Thank you to all who have and continue to take the time to make Haiku's participation in Google Summer of Code a successful adventure. This includes Google for sponsoring Summer of Code; its program administrators Carol Smith, Cat Allman, Chris DiBona, & Ellen Ko; the Melange developers and contributors; and of course Haiku's Mentors. If any student would like feedback regarding your proposal and suggestions for next year, feel free to contact (Matthew Madia).

Comments

Re: Accepted Students

Excellent!
I'm very excited about the NFS client and 64-bit support!

Re: Accepted Students

Oh, man, I love this time of the year! Once again, the project ideas look very exciting.

As a software developer, I think I'm the most excited for the opportunity for better Java support. The more languages Haiku supports the better.

Good luck!

Re: Accepted Students

great news. good luck everyone.

Re: Accepted Students

Awsome. Thank you everyone for applying and good luck to those who made it into at least the first half of GSoC 2012.
As an innocent bystander for some years now, let me offer the new students but one thought for consideration: time is your biggest enemy. Every year, without exception, I have sadly seen otherwise able students fail due to not allocating enough time for GSoC from the get-go. It would be *very* pleasing to see all five of you succeed with your projects. Again, good luck! :-)