The time to send in proposals for Google Summer Of Code is over now.
Now we're busy reading your proposals and trying to decide on a ranking. This is a lot more work than I initially expected - we got lots of proposals during the last three days. Unfortunately, most of the late proposals were of a rather low quality.
In total, we got 44 proposals from 34 students - much more than I expected.
Here's the list of topics proposals were written on. As you can see, most of them come straight from the ideas page.
- 10 proposals on Database tools
- 5 class diagram / UML related
- 4 Edit and Continue / C# background compilation
- 4 ASP.NET
- 4 Refactoring
- 3 C++ support
- 3 Debugger visualizer
- 3 Customizable Shortcuts
- 1 VB 9 code completion
- 1 Pretty printer
- 1 XAML code completion
- 1 Integrated bug tracking
- 1 actually creative idea
- 1 idea completely unrelated to SharpDevelop
- 1 idea I couldn't understand - due to completely broken English and an empty 'Details' section
- 1 proposal that didn't have any idea
But we're looking for students who would like to join the SharpDevelop team; we don't simply want to get some work done. So it's possible that we'll pick multiple students from the same 'category'; and having the only proposal on a much required feature doesn't mean you're automatically accepted.
There also were some Java proposals but I'm not sure where they disappeared to. In any case, SharpDevelop is a .NET IDE, not a Java one. There are already good open source Java IDEs available; no need to add Java support to SharpDevelop.
This is our first GSOC and I'm not too sure how we should judge the proposals. A surprisingly large part of them is obviously disqualified because the proposal is missing necessary details / the template isn't filled out completely. And what to do with a student who makes a promising impression but chose a project that isn't really interesting to us; or looks like it's not enough work for GSOC? What about projects that look like they cannot be done in the GSOC time frame; but it might be possible for a good coder and the Bio looks like the student knows what he's doing?
We don't know yet how many slots Google will give to us, so we are as excited as you are :)