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KDE/Google Summer of Code 2010 (Part 1 of 2)

Dec 15, 2010, 13:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lydia Pintscher)

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"For the sixth time, KDE has mentored students as part of the Google Summer of Code program. The students get to take their first steps writing code for a Free Software project with a mentor by their side for a summer. Once again our students have worked on exciting projects that you will be able to see in the next releases - many will even be part of the 4.6 releases. Forty-six and a half of our fifty projects were finished successfully this year (the half refers to one student who was offered an internship after the midterm evaluation). This is the first of two articles looking at what the students achieved:

"Cyril Oblikov worked on mindmapping in KOffice. He tells us: "I produced a plugin which creates shapes with text. It lays them out in a tree structure, so it can be used to represent this widely-used IT data structure. My project is not really ready for end users yet, but as I'm staying a KOffice developer, I'll continue developing it."

"KMess plugin system

"Daniel Moctezuma developed a plugin system for KMess. He explains: "Plugin system integration was a much requested feature from users. It expands the limits of software and lets developers' creativity flow to integrate new features." Daniel used the Kross scripting framework, which allows developers to code plugins using Python, Ruby and KDE Javascript. Daniel adds: "I have to say this was a great summer. I learned more than I expected and had a lot of fun messing with code, testing, documenting, learning, reading, etc."

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