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  • Kuba Tyrcha 9:13 am on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hello, my name is Jakub Tyrcha and I live in Krakow, Poland (UTC+2 during the summer). I’m 20 years old and I study Computer Science at the AGH University of Science and Technology. I have been programming for a few years now, and while I mostly concentrated on university projects and algorithm competitions, now is a great time to change it, thanks to Google Summer of Code. In my free time… I almost don’t have any free time – my studies take a lot of my time and when I have some left, I concentrate on programming. I enjoy listening to music and playing computer games.

    I will be working on the Full Throttle Trac Annihilation project. The main goal is to fix many small issues, but the details are still under discussion – this year we will be trying to focus on getting as much patches tested and applied to the core as possible, so my work will not only consist of fixing tickets themselves, but also adjusting and evaluating unit tests to ensure that nothing breaks.

     
    • Wojtek Szkutnik 9:15 am on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Go, Kuba! Good luck 🙂

  • David Julia 3:31 am on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hi guys I’m David Julia I’m from Denver… 

    Hi guys! I’m David Julia. I’m from Denver, Colorado (UTC/GMT -7 hours). I’m 21 years old and am currently studying Computer Science at Washington University in St. Louis. I’ve been coding for about 5 years now, longer than that if you count various random stuff that I picked up on my own- I started off being very interested in the hardware end of things and then my interests quickly did a 180 as soon as I realized that software is where the fun is!

    In my free time I like to cook, and try different restaurants, work out and train Brazilian Jiujitsu/Mixed Martial Arts as much as possible- I’m a blue belt in Brazilian Jiujitsu and actively compete in Brazilian Jiujitsu and submission grappling tournaments. My other main pass-time is embarrassing my friends by dancing like an idiot whenever We No Speak Americano comes on… it’s a compulsion (you’d be surprised what a time-sink this one is). Also I eat a fairly strict paleo/primal diet and try to stick to the Primal laws for health. On a related note, I’m heavy into logic as the basis for my beliefs and dabble in philosophy in my spare time.

    I will be working on implementing template versioning in WordPress by developing an interface for various VCSs as well as a custom posted based plugin that implements this interface. The interface is meant to be implemented for any VCS desired including Git, Subversion, Mercurial, etc. I chose my project because while modifying the template for a wordpress site that I’m admin for, I found it to be very annoying not to have an integrated VCS when I wanted to make small changes to the template without using a separate workflow. That being said, I love WordPress! I love that it makes building a robust website SIMPLE – it’s a great CMS and blogging platform and I love the lean less is more + customization via plugins philosophy. Although I haven’t been using it for very long, it’s a very welcome relief from Drupal and all the crazy configuration involved with setting up a Drupal site, and I have become a raving WordPress fan!

    On one last note, I just want to say that building really cool things that are actually useful to people is a passion of mine. It makes me feel all warm fuzzy and freaking excited to know that people are using my work and benefitting from it. So the chance to contribute to WordPress and to have a mentor to guide me through the process as well as the opportunity to take advantage of the support of the WordPress GSoC community has made me super amped, I’ve literally been happier and more energetic the past few days (and I’m not exactly a depressed and lethargic person!) just because I know that I’m going to be working on this over the summer!

    And on one actual last note, I just wanted to point out that it blows my mind how an open source project can build up an online community- I just think it’s really freaking cool- web 2.0? this is the WORLD 2.0!

     
    • Mihai Chereji 3:41 am on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Integrated VCS would make a lot of developer’s lives so much easier. I guess your project is one with the greatest direct impact on the dev community. Good luck. 🙂

    • David Julia 3:45 am on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks Mihai! I hope that it’ll be something that us dev types will love! I’m kind of a VCS junkie… ever since I was introduced to them a few years back I felt like I had been working at a huge handicap before. Getting this right is super important to me!

  • Anirudh 3:02 pm on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hi, I’m Anirudh ! 

    I am a 20-year old third year B.Tech Computer Science and Engineering student of NIT Trichy from India (UTC +0530). I would be working on improving the existing WordPress Android App in aspects related to its UI. I chose this idea because I’ve been into Android App development for the past few months and I would enjoy improving WordPress’s existing Android App. Although, I have also been into Web development for the past few years, I have never had an opportunity to work on a WordPress project. Android is fun. WordPress if fun. Both together is lots of fun!

    About Myself:

    I started programming from the age of 11 and I love participating in Programming contests. I solve programming problems at SPOJ, Topcoder and Codechef but have been recently spending more time on developing rather than programming. Am an open source evangelist and hosted Pengufest 2011 in my college for spreading awareness about contributing to open source projects. I am the President-elect of my college’s technical club, Spider, where I spend most of my time discussing, conceptualizing and developing Web and Mobile related software with other members. My hobbies include Vocal Carnatic music, Mirudangam, Flute and Chess.

    You can check me out on my WordPress blog or can follow me on Twitter.

    Cheers!

     
  • Lukasz Koprowski 7:40 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hi, I’m Lucas 

    I’m 19 years old Computer Science student at Imperial College London (UTC + 1). I’ll be working on improving management of comments’ threads. I chose this idea because it sounds like something basic, by basic I mean that it surely should be a part of management interface. And hopefully everyone will benefit from this improvement.

    I’ve been into programming since I’m 15, attended science oriented highschool, designed a website or two, now I’m studying computer science and will be working with WordPress. I just love this stuff. Besides Computing, I like a good book or a movie, and I’m training boxing.

    Cheers

     
    • Justin Shreve 11:27 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Welcome, congrats, and good luck! The comments screen is one of the pieces of WordPress that need a second look. Glad to see you taking it on.

    • Erlend 2:31 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Does this include addressing some of the logic-breaks in the commenting system?

      I.e. how a “sidebar discussion” becomes threaded to the max instead of just just a 2nd tier to accommodate the secondary topic.

      Or how if I want to reply to a specific someone in a maxed out thread I have to ‘Reply’ to whoever made the first reply in the last tier, making the e-mail notifications all wrong.

      I can provide examples if I’m not being 100% clear (and if it is relevant).

      • azram19 3:17 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Not really, because the project is mostly focused on the comments’ management. Moving, re-parenting, providing threaded view in Dashboard… But I can fix these flaws after the GSoC, since I’ll already be into comments.

  • Mert Yazıcıoğlu 7:27 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hello everyone I’m Mert Yazicioglu from Ankara Turkey… 

    Hello everyone, I’m Mert Yazicioglu from Ankara, Turkey (UTC +03:00). I am 19 years old and studying Computer Technology and Information Systems at Bilkent University for a B.S. degree. Even though this was my first year at the university, I’ve been into programming since I was 8 and web programming since I was 12. For the last two years, I have been developing my own framework and some applications working on it (CMS etc.). However, recently I realized it has some weak points that should be taken care of, so its development is kind of on hold at the moment.

    I always admired WordPress’ success but never had a chance to do something useful to the community. Thankfully, I now have the chance to contribute to it with a pretty useful and necessary project, in my opinion. My project is called WordPress Move, which will be a straightforward but also a feature-rich project that fits every kinds of installations just fine and makes the whole migration process a piece of cake for everyone. It will only require installing a plugin on the current WordPress installation and providing some necessary information (FTP details etc.). This tool will help the user migrate to another server or change the domain name of the current installation easily. You can find my full proposal here.

    You can add me as a friend on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or email me. I’m glad to be a part of a great project and can’t wait to start developing for this huge community!

    Congratulations everyone!

     
    • Ünsal Korkmaz 8:25 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Off-topic: I am so proud of you m8. Keep it up 🙂

    • Pete Mall 9:00 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Looking forward to working with you over the summer. Good luck!

    • Justin Shreve 11:26 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats and good luck! Being able to change the domain easily is a good feature and making moving 1click/simple will be awesome.

    • brianlayman 12:46 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats Mert! This project is going to be one of the most helpful WordPress GSOC projects there’s been. I look forward to helping you and Pete make it a success!

    • Russell 6:25 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Totally looking forward to this! GO GO GO!

    • athalyba 3:17 am on April 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Amazing idea !!! When the plugin be ready, you must know that for a couple of days you´ll have a couch and meals in São Paulo/Brazil waiting for you 🙂

      And about syncronization between two servers/domains, it could be a good extra feature ???

      Congratulations again !!!

      • Mert Yazıcıoğlu 10:02 am on April 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Haha, thanks! 🙂

        Even though it is a great idea, continuous synchronization would be a rather complicated task to be an extra feature. I guess I can start developing “WordPress Sync” after GSoC’11 completes 🙂

    • Deepak 3:56 am on April 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good Luck :). I applied for the same project but didn’t get in, I hope you make it a success unlike last year.

  • Mihai Chereji 3:09 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hello all from Mihai 

    My name’s Mihai Chereji, I’m a 21 year old Software Engineering student, studying in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. I will be working on localStorage drafts backup, which means that when your internet connection goes down and you’re writing a post, it will be saved in the browser storage and synced when the connection comes back up. This idea came about when I lost a few of my own drafts. I will be posting more updates than the weekly update (and hope to talk with my mentors) here .

    About me

    I attended an IT-oriented highschool and that’s where I got my first contact with programming and php. My experience with WordPress started in August last year when I got a job as a web-developer and I’ve been loving it ever since.

    I love the internet with all it’s quirkiness, it’s wonderful stuff, it’s challenges and potential.

    My other passion, besides tech, is music. I casually play the guitar and piano, and have been a singer in a metal band a few years ago :). Though lately, this has kind of been left on the sides, I mostly just attend concerts/listen to music at home nowadays.

    I also have a (very young) personal blog and I’m on twitter too.

    I wish everyone the best of luck with their projects this summer.

     
    • Justin Shreve 3:32 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Some offline support like this will be really handy. Especially when trying to do things with a shady Internet connection. Congrats on being accepted and good luck this summer!

      • Mihai Chereji 6:42 pm on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Justin. I plan on developing this further after GSoC. My idea is to have the possiblity to have a minimal editor cached in the browser so the user can add new posts when offline, and other cool things, which are at the idea stage right now. But this is something to check/discuss with my mentors and to see if I can get some traction from the community :).

  • Ben Balter 2:01 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hi, I’m Ben. 

    Hi everyone. I’m Ben Balter. This summer I’m hoping to inject document revision support into WordPress to facilitate the use of WordPress as an internal collaboration tool, not only for content publication, but for all sorts of content collaboration — text documents, spreadsheets, images, PDFs, sheet music — whatever you can throw at it. With some luck, this push can help make WordPress a bit more friendly for enterprise and government environments.

    About Me
    I’m a J.D./M.B.A. candidate at the George Washington University, a new media fanatic passionate about the power of digital communications, and an information junkie who loves learning new things. Concurrent with my studies, I have been a New Media Fellow, in the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of the Managing Director, where I help to oversee the relaunch of the agency’s multi-platform web presence, and am in the process of submitting a note to the Public Contract Law Journal, arguing that federal IT procurement practices should be made more amenable to more modern, agile software development methods.

    Why WordPress
    When not working or in class, I enjoy tackling otherwise-impossible challenges to sharing information using nothing more than WordPress, duct tape, and occasionally a pack of bubblegum. I’d argue that my biggest claim to fame, at least in terms of all things WordPress, is teaching core commiter Andrew Nacin everything he knows about WordPress (at least until he started teaching me). An aspiring attorney, a coder, and an all around geek, I look forward to bringing my life-long passion for technology’s ability to shape how we interact with one another to the WordPress–Google Summer of Code world.

    Why Document Revisioning
    Sexy topic, I know, right? Here’s the deal: as a member of DC’s government new media community, it is clear to me that WordPress and government just makes sense. At the same time, what is unclear to me is why WordPress has yet to take foothold in our nation’s capital.1 Government was once at the forefront of cutting-edge information technology. The first computers to see application beyond a university lab were employed by forward-thinking government agencies. Yet somewhere in the past half century government IT has fallen far behind not only the private sector from which it often seeks innovation, but the open source community as well.

    Providing WordPress with document management and version control functionality, combined with its already stellar usability can uniquely position the CMS as an integral part of any agency or firm’s workflow and thus the clear choice for any government and enterprise deployment.

    Want to learn more about my project? Check out my application, or read my post “When All You Have is a Pair of Bolt Cutters…

    I sincerely hope that this can serve as the start of a summer-long dialog. I’d love to hear your thoughts, so feel free to leave a comment below, heckle me on Twitter, or contact me directly.

    Notes

    1. These are my personal views and not the views of any employer or any corporate-types that may or may not have left a briefcase of money next to me at a coffee shop last week. Honest.
     
  • Stas Sușcov 11:51 am on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hi, I’m Stas. I’m 24, I live and study in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

    This summer I will be working on the learn.wordpress.org project which is partly a continuation of my previous year work on the Courseware project.

    If you want to follow the development log, get a full schedule and exchange feedback, you’re welcome.

    Good luck to everyone!

     
    • Jane Wells 12:08 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      You forgot to put in the url for your “I’m Stas” link.

    • enkerli 3:12 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Really glad this is happening!
      Haven’t been able to use Courseware as my full-time Course Management System, but everything which helps get people to learn with WordPeess is very useful. Eventually, it’ll help convince administrators to adopt WordPress on a large scale.

    • Justin Shreve 3:29 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats stas! Courseware was cool and I’ve discussed it a bit at a few of the educational tech conferences I’ve been to. People HATE Blackbord, Vista, etc.

      learn.wordpress.org will be awesome. Good luck!

      • Stas Sușcov 4:25 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks I’ll do my best.

        Btw, I saw your slides, very impressive! 🙂

    • Wojtek Szkutnik 3:54 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      How did you get such a cool WP hoody? 🙂

    • Marko Novaković 5:29 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, Stas. Thank you once more for your suggestions to my idea.
      I think that learn.wp.org will be a very useful project.

      • Stas Sușcov 5:48 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Always welcome. Good luck with the project, can’t wait to see the results! 😉

  • Prasath Nadarajah 10:57 am on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Hello everyone, My name is Prasath Nadarajah. I’m 22 years old and I’m from Colombo, Sri Lanka (UTC 5.30+). I’m doing computer science & engineering at University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. My areas of interest are “Java”, “XML”, “Webservices” and related technologies. I’m also familiar with numerous apache projects through my work.
    I listen to music and play football in my spare time. I was a national level scrabble player when I was at high school and has won numerous awards. I got to know about this program through an introductory session at my university. I’m relatively new to php but I have strong Java skills. UI, desiging are my weekest.
    My project is to extend WP web serices and a detailed description will be posted in the project page. To find out more about me visit nprasath.com/

     
    • Jane Wells 12:08 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Words with Friends: janewells 🙂

    • Justin Shreve 3:26 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats! Your proposed changes to XMLRPC will be extremely useful.

      That’s really cool about scrabble. I play “Wordfued” (android app, there may be apps for other platforms) if you happen to play that.

      Good luck this summer!

    • Prasath Nadarajah 3:40 pm on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement.
      Believe me, at 17 i was in the Sri Lankan national team pool. Now i almost gave up on that and turned my interest into studies and opensource projects 🙂

    • Thorsten 11:34 am on April 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Really looking forward to work with you on your project. The changes will come in really handy.

  • Marko Novaković 10:29 am on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Introduction to Marko Novaković 

    Hi everyone!

    My name is Marko Novaković, I am 26 years old and I live in Belgrade, Serbia (UTC+2). I am studying a master course in the School of Electrical Engineering in Belgrade, Computer Science department. I have had experience in commercial and academic projects. I worked for one local company NPS as an ERP developer, solution Microsoft Dynamics AX. I have also a lot of honorary jobs, such as a WP plugin developer for Prelovac Media. I wrote the plugin WP Quick Deploy and I am writing two premium plugins now. I participated in two academic European FP7 projects ARTreat and ProSense.

    I knew for Summer of Code program of my friend Goran Rakić, who participated some year before 2008. In 2008 I made the proposal for Apache Software Foundation, project Hadoop, but I was rejected. In 2010 I began to learn and work with WordPress and met Vladimir Prelovac, who encourage me to write plugins. I also worked the website for one local TV in WP, and I have a lot of challenges to localize it, because there are a lot of plugin which are not localized. That was one of biggest reason why I choose Language Packs as my project.

    I prefer health lifestyle, so my hobbies are macrobiotic cooking, Chi Kung and sports. One of reason why I chose WordPress is because I would like to have multi language blog about macrobiotics, Chi Kung and other similar disciplines.

     
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