Xpresso/LCDME was to me an introduction to thinking and designing a real project from scratch. Within the project I used on one hand technologies that I was familiar with, such as Inkscape for part of the graphical design, SVN for versioning, and the base GNU/Linux tools, but on the other hand I had the opportunity to improve and refine my Haskell skills (expression parsing, working with monads, etc.), GTK and XML/SVG and take part in implementing algorithms such as Quine-McCluskey in the functional programming paradigm. Weak points: I believe the coding style and testing of the Haskell modules could have been further improved. The software application is still a long way off till it reaches maturity, for which reason I believe developing it will continue to be at least as fun as it has been so far.
Participating in the RSoC programme was an interesting experience for me in the fields of Open Source development and functional programming (the Haskell language).
I acquired the special way of thinking pertaining to this paradigm, of conceiving code in the f(input) = output format with inputs and outputs picked so that they integrate seamlessly with the code from the rest of our team. At the same time I understood the importance of planning ahead in a software project, of developing a frame with the basic functionalities which would later be extended, and of using open formats to enable integration with other applications.
Within the project I worked on, collaboration was mostly carried out on-site and not by means of mailing lists or IRC. This enabled us to witness live what other team members were doing and to learn from their successes and mistakes. The atmosphere in the EG106 lab was a relaxing one. There was no time pressure to be felt and you could think, carry out research and ask for advice at your own pace before writing a function - a workflow typical of Haskell programming :D.
The RSoC initiative promises to grow in order to cover for both the software requirements as well as the professional expertise necessary to the students in the Computer Science department and beyond.
I participated in the RSoC 2011 programme within the Redmine Plugins project. At the time of my application, I was already up to date with some of ROSEdu’s projects (the Hammerfall graphical engine and WoUSO are just two examples off the top of my mind), and I considered it an opportunity to try my luck with the RSoC.
Even though I had never previously used Redmine prior to my application and I had never written as much as a single line of code in Ruby (the language Redmine is written in), in the end I managed to write two fully functional plugins, which were later included in the Redmine Plugin Directory.
I believe the most important thing within an Internship is the ability to work with new technologies and to interact with other developers through the code you use/improve. I also found the contact with the Open Source world to be especially interesting. Following the publication of our plugins we received feedback and bug reports from the community, which greatly helped me improve the code.
The RSoC experience was an interesting one and I warmly recommend it to all those who are interested in finding out how an Open Source project is developed.
ROSEdu Summer of Code was a great opportunity to work on an interesting project. An amazing experience; I worked with the best and the outcomes followed through. One of the best ways to spend a summer.
I remember it was a pleasant experience. I worked with other fellow students from my faculty, both from my year and younger, and I can safely say that I was taken away with the students’ interest in extracurricular projects.
To me, this was one of the first projects I developed within a team, outside the faculty, and it has remained a milestone for my future projects to compare to.
Working on something you like, with a flexible schedule and next to other students with the same interests - this is how I’d describe RSoC. What I probably like most was that there was no pressure to “get the job done”, rather I had the time to explore alternatives and to try new approaches - in a word, to learn.
To me, participating in the ROSEdu Summer of Code was an especially rewarding experience: I worked on the MedSoft project, starting from a personal idea next to a wonderful team that I got along with perfectly (in part because we had previously known each other). We learned many things, both on our own as well as from our team mates.
What I especially liked about this programme is that it gave us the chance to organize ourselves and it has been proved that we assigned tasks very efficiently. I believe that RSoC is very suited for all those who wish to look back on their summer with pride and say that they haven’t lost their hand at writing code.
RSoC offers you a great way to apply and extend your IT knowledge. If you want to be part of a team with the same interests as you have and learn from experienced software engineers, this is the place you are looking for.