[Scummvm-devel] Google Summer of Code

John Willis John.Willis at Distant-earth.com
Mon Mar 5 00:25:43 CET 2007


>1) We need people (esp. native speakers) to proof read the content of
><http://wiki.scummvm.org/index.php/OpenTasks>. And once it's done,
>also for the other pages, esp. for the application. We want to make a
>good impression after all.

I'll try and have a look over this tomorrow.
Extra pair of eyes and all that.

>2) We really could need more people acting as mentors. Right now we
>have Eugene, Kostas and me. Eugene and me are willing to mentor up to
>two students, more would be a problem given that we also have jobs
>etc.. Now, of course we don't even know whether we get into the SoC
>program, and even if, we might only be allocated <=6 students anyway
>-- but it still would be nice to at least have some backup mentors 
>(plus, I'd not be unhappy if I only had one student to mentor :).
>Requirements are: You must understand the ScummVM code sufficiently
>(in particular you must be a coder :), be able to communicate with
>the students and effectively guide them -- and you might have to  
>write a report on them at some point (yeah, annoying, I don't like it  
>either, but it's not *that* difficult -- and I am willing to mentor  
>the mentors on this part, so you are not alone *g*)

I guess it would depend on the project but I can find my way around the
ScummVM codebase (well sometimes) and would be happy to help out as a mentor
if we come up short on volunteers assuming it was an area of ScummVM I
understood. I have some experience in lecturing/coaching from another life
;) so I am not totally out of my depth on that side of the equation.

>3) Porters -- if you have any ideas for projects/tasks, add them now, 
>or not. And of course everybody else is welcome to suggest further  
>suitable tasks, too.

I will think some more about this, I guess most of the ports would benefit
from lower level work (libs, platform etc.) rather then high level ScummVM
functionary and that may well be outside ScummVM's scope for the SoC. Still,
maybe not ;).

>In closing, let me mention that we are considering to post a news  
>items on our website & the forums, and maybe in other places, about  
>our SoC application. The idea is to attract students to our cause  
>(even though we do not even know whether we will make the cut).  
>Rationale: If we make it, more people will be aware of us and apply  
>to work for us. And if we don't make it, we still might be lucky  
>enough to get some people seriously working on some of the listed tasks.

Sounds like a great idea to me.

Regards,

John





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