Will You Be Coding This Summer?

The 1,000 students participating in the Google Summer of CodeTM 2009 program have been announced, to work on over 150 projects from open source mentoring organisations. This is fantastic experience and inspiration for a budding software developer – I only wish something like this was around when I started out.

Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects.

(A stipend is a form of apprenticeship.)

Now the students have been announced the project will run in earnest between May and October finishing with a Mentor Summit. One can only begin to imagine the level of access these students will have to some of the leading open source organisations.

There are three key messages involved in the Google Summer of Code program

  • Benefits for everyone. Students get valuable experience with mentoring organizations working with the world best Open Source software.
  • Commitment – Both to the open source community and to academia and learning.
  • Embracing open source efforts, from small projects to large international projects.

Many organisations are signed up for mentoring duty including WordPress, Ruby on Rails, Python Software Foundation, PHP, AbiWord, Audacity and Chromium. A full list can be obtained from http://socghop.appspot.com/program/accepted_orgs/google/gsoc2009.

Right now the Internet world is buzzing with details of who is working on what, what the interesting and novel projects will include, and getting students out there experiencing the real world – which after all is what it is all about.

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Jason Slater

Jason Slater is a technology blogger and the editor of jasonslater.com.

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