The guys and gals at Automattic have published their Google Summer Of Code 2008 Codex Article which highlights various mentors and ideas. For those of you who don’t know what the Google Summer Of Code Project is all about, here is a brief intro.
Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source projects. Google will be working with a several open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several projects over a three month period. Historically, the program has brought together over 1,500 students with over 130 open source projects to create millions of lines of code. The program, which kicked off in 2005, is now in its fourth year. If are feeling nostalgic or are interested in learning more about the projects we have worked with in the past, check out the 2006 and 2007 program pages.
There are some big names on the mentor list such as Matt Mullenweg, Lloyd Budd, Joseph Scott and newly acquired Andy Peatling with Matt taking on the double duty of being the Mentor’s Mentor. Mentors act as administrators over a particular idea or project that is undertaken by a student.
Some of the ideas that have been proposed for this years GSOC include:
- Web Forums Export/Import Standard and Tools
- WordPress Import/Export Tuning
- Trac Social Bug Tracking development
- Integrated Caching Solutions
- XHTML validation framework, which helps ensure that all output of WP (including templates) produces valid HTML
- Extending the search system to support more advanced search syntax, relevance, and external APIs like Google or Yahoo’s.
- Batch editing of post and attachment attributes such as categories, tags, author.
As you can see, there is good range of projects for the aspiring coder to participate in. If you are looking to hone your skills and are looking for a challenge, this is a good way for you to test your knowledge.