Google Summer of Code for ColdFusion?

written by Geoff Bowers on Tuesday, 4 March, 2008 @ 09:49 AM

Daemon is throwing it's hat in the ring for this years, "Google Summer of Code", in an attempt to get the FarCry code base onto the program. It would be a first for ColdFusion, and with any luck we might get some great projects off the ground. But we need help!

It's a three stage process:

  • Get accepted to the program by Google
  • Attract student applications
  • Help people build beautiful things

Getting on the program is up to Google. Our GSoC Application and growing Project Ideas List are available online -- we can only hope the powers that be at Google find it appealing. We'll be the first ColdFusion project sponsored if we're successful.

Helping folks to build things I think will be the easy part -- its in our control, its something we do daily, and it just means hard work. Never been afraid of that.

What we really need help with is spreading the word and making sure that, if we are successful, we attract enough students who are comfortable with ColdFusion -- comfortable enough to make an effective contribution. So if you're a student, or you know a student, or you are involved with an educational institution that might have the odd student, send them our way!

Successful student applicants are guaranteed sweet loving from the FarCry Community and upon completion a cheque for $4,500US from Google for their troubles. It's quite a caper.

Attention Students:

What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with the project after GSoC concludes?

As developers, we like to build things that make a difference. It's what motivates us. We hope it motivates our students too.

We're going to ensure that:

  • all students get the attention from mentors they need, so that they are not hung-up by easily resolved issues
  • lead developers of core sub-systems are agile enough to provide advice, APIs and/or bug fixes, so that things outside their control don't impact student efforts
  • good code makes its way into a production release as soon as possible
  • good students get the kudos they deserve in our community and beyond

And that's the memo.