I’m personally a big fan of code reviews. Proper code review habits can really improve the quality of a code base and help you find bugs or design problems in your project. I also believe that a good tools for code review can improve developers life, so I’m always glad to see new tools or integrations in that field. If you don’t know what code reviews are, please have a look at wikipedia’s description here.

I think it’s already 5 days when Google Project Hosting integrated Code Reviews. I found out yesterday when I watched last commits of the open source projects I’m tracking. When I selected a commit I was surprised to see “Start a code review” block on the right side.

Start a code review
Google Project Hosting Code Review: Start a code review

Continue reading ‘Google Project Hosting now integrates Code Reviews functionality’


 

Competition

The time has come :-) The list of accepted students to the Google Summer of Code has just been published on GSoC webpage and on Google Open Source blog here. We have been amazed by amount of proposals we received (42+) and overall quality of the applications have been outstanding. It was an extremely hard choice for us to select the best ones. We are also surprised by the amount of slots we got from Google. It’s our first time in Google Summer of Code as mentoring organization and I’m happy to say that we’ve received 7 slots! That means that 7 great proposals have been selected and we are looking forward to work with selected students starting from today and during the summer :-)

Here is the final list of accepted projects for GSoC 2008:

Title
Student Mentor  
Open source, multi‐touch based application for teaching of basic concepts of Physics
Stanislaw Zabramski Johannes Hirche  
TUIO Simulator
Ashish Kumar Rai Paweł Sołyga  
A general purpose infrastructure for multitouch gesture recognition management
Alessandro De Nardi Mikael Bauer  
Implementing video processing for blob tracking on the GPU
Thomas Hansen Mikael Bauer  
NUI Touch Framework Application 
Seth Sandler Christian Moore  
Enhanced human computer interface through webcam image processing library
Daniel Lélis Baggio Paweł Sołyga  
Mac OSX Opentouch Conversion
Mantas Vidutis Paweł Sołyga  

 

I would like to encourage all of you to read this blog post, whether you are on the list or not. I think this is “must read” for all of you. Hopefully this will help you understand how difficult it is to select best projects from the ones that we received. We had a really hard time doing evaluation/rating process and choosing those best 7. 

Student and the Google Summer of Code: What is Next?

Some information for selected students. If you have been accepted and you’re still not submitted to the NUI Group GSoC discussion group, please do so. Here is the link http://groups.google.com/group/nuigroup-gsoc. We will use this list to communicate with you, share experience, share ideas, keep track of work and also to get to know each other.  If you are an IRC guy remember about joining our #nuigroup channel at Freenode. Congratulations to all selected students !!! Great work, keep it that way!

You can find the official list of accepted NUI Group students here.


We are happy to announce that Natural User Interface Group (NUI Group) has been selected for mentoring organization in Google Summer of Code 2008.

Want to write open source code? Want to make money? Want to do both? Join NUI Group for this year edition of Google Summer of Code.

If you’re a student and maybe even a NUI Group member check out our projects ideas wiki page. Prepare your project proposal and apply ! Google is offering successful student contributors a 4500 USD stipend, enabling them to focus on their coding projects for three months. And this year you can code with NUI Group :-)

We are looking for your participation and for innovative and creative projects proposal. If you don’t find interesting project at our ideas webpage feel free to send us your own project idea. Starting from today (March 17th) students have a week (till March 24th) to discuss projects ideas with mentors from NUI Group. The student application period begins Monday, March 24th 2008 and ends Monday, March 31st 2008.

If you don’t know what GSoC is, here is a little description from GSoC FAQ:

“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.”

You can learn more about Google Summer of Code at http://code.google.com/soc , remember to check out programs FAQ before you ask questions.

Also here is the latest blog post at Google Open Source blog about GSoC: Meet your mentors.

Big request to NUI Group member: Spread the word about NUI Group participation in GSoC 2008 on your blogs :-)


Leslie Hawthorn has just announced Google Highly Open Participation Contest at the OSDC open source conference in Australia. What is GHOP ? It’s a new contest that aims to introduce secondary school and high school students to open source software development, just like Google Summer of Code does for university students. Thanks to Google now even pre-university students can be involved in all aspects of open source development, from fixing bugs to writing documentation and doing user experience research. It’s a great opportunity for students in highschools to dive in open source software development and get new valuable experience. Continue reading ‘Google Highly Open Participation Contest announced’


It seems that iPhone Dev Team have done great job :-) We have open source iPhone SIM unlock software. Right now it’s the first release, unlock takes about 20 minutes and it’s not for end-users (more for developers). But I’m sure that using this source code we will soon get end-user application similar to the one from iPhone SIM free team and especially for free.

iPhoneUnlock

More information here and here.

Source code available here.

Binaries of application here.

Official guide – here.

Unoffical guide – here.




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