Monday, May 14, 2007

Summer Sweetness x 2

Sure, getting accepted into Summer of Code is cool. Hammering on that keyboard until those last few lines of code are checked in, even cooler. Gaining committer status with your project, truly sweet. IMHO, though, the coolest thing about participating in Summer of Code is the chance to get deeply involved with your project community, so much so that you end up on the other side of the table, mentoring students for your project. After all, who knows the trials and tribulations of SoCer student life better than a former participant?

Our first Summer of Code podcast features one such SoCer student turned mentor, Angie Byron with the Drupal project. In addition to hearing more about her experiences as an SoCer, I also had a chance to catch up with her about her presentation on Women in floss at the recent Flourish conference. She also has some great suggestions for this year's students.

We're really excited to be bringing the podcast to the community, and we're even more excited to hear what you think. Leave a comment about the podcast and tell us what you'd like to see in future editions.

You can directly download the first episode, or you can subscribe to the podcast.

Enjoy the show!

15 comments:

Haz said...

Brilliant idea. Keep 'em coming ;).

Leslie Hawthorn said...

@ Haz - Thanks! This podcast is the first of many.

ArDelLa said...

Very interesting !! I completely think the same way about opensource now.
It's cool to hear all these ideas and advice.

mathk said...

Very nice podcast thanks :)

Rob said...
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Rob said...

Interestingly for me it was just the other way around. Last year I mentored the AbiWord/OLPC project, this year I'm working on a somewhat related project making AbiWord easily embeddable into gtk apps as a "student". That way anyone interested in a powerful rich-text component can benefit.

iFeghali said...

WoW what a wonderful idea! How about iPod audio podcasts too ? or even video podcasts... I would love to watch it on the go ;)

Thanks for making this SoC even better than the last one, with so many new things!

Nice talk webchick ;)
I definitely agree with you when you say that "open source is everybody helping out". This is very clear on PEAR where you see many people doing all kind of different jobs with different skills and then you end up with a full functional software, that may have a totally new team of developers over and over again along the years.
When I joined the PEAR community for a GSoC 2006 project I didn't expected to have a so friendly reception :)

Cheers and happy coding for everybody!

Leslie Hawthorn said...

I'm glad to hear that folks are enjoying the podcast! Any particular topics you'd like to hear about or projects you'd like us to feature?

@ ifeghali: The Summer of Code podcast is available via iTunes.

Bogdan Pistol said...

Nice podcast.
This is a really cool idea this summer. Keep them coming.

MiSh said...

Very nice! :) By the way, what soundtrack is used for podcast?

Leslie Hawthorn said...

@ mish: The music is named "Summer of Code" and was created for the podcast by Herm Quiroz, who is also the audio engineer who helps with all of our recordings.

Thanks Herm!

MiSh said...

Good work Herm!

cryos said...

Really interesting discussion. I haven't listened to podcasts before but it was good to hear you guys talking about the summer of code.

I will be listening to the next two as soon as I get the time. Back to work on my GSoC project now :)

Leslie Hawthorn said...

@ cyros: Cool! Let us know what you think.

Goba said...

Great podcast! Thanks Angie for highlighting me, it is not easy to reach the high expectations here, but it is rewarding as usual in open source :)