Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Google Summer of Code 2010

Finally this year’s Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2010 students are announced. I am Glad to announce, I am one of them. :-)

I chose DocBook as my organization. DocBook provides a set of standards and tools for technical documentation. It was initially and is primarily intended for technical documentation, but has been extended for use in other domains as well.

The proposal I submitted "Web Help Output for DocBook" was to add a browser-independent, platform-independent documentation “Web Help” output format using a combination of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with a search index created at build time by an indexer application written in Java.

Finally, one of my dreams come true. There is big enthusiasm about the program in our university, University of Moratuwa specially in Deparatment of Computer Science & Engineering. Our University lead last 3 years for the number of accepted students consecutively. You can find more info Open Source at Google Blog.
Unofficial stats for this year for University of Moratuwa includes,

CSE Batch '07: 12 students
CSE Batch '06: 10 students

ENTC Batch '07: 1 student
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Engineering Faculty: 23

Faculty of IT: 3

I represent CSE-Batch '07. My project proposal can be found here. The selected Student List is at http://socghop.appspot.com/gsoc/program/list_projects/google/gsoc2010

I should thank my mentor David Cramer, for motivating me and who guided me for this success. And I would like to thank  Jirka Kosek who was a co-mentor to me, who later resigned as a mentor to contest as a student along with Richard Hamilton who administrates DocBook project for GSoC. Sincere thanks to the Head of Department, Vishaka Nanayakkara and the dearest staff members for guiding us to reach the success.

I'm really excited and hoping to have a great experience! :-)