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From Sean Owen <so...@cloudera.com>
Subject Re: Google Summer of Code 2017 is coming
Date Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:38:02 GMT
I have a contrarian opinion on GSoC from experience many years ago in
Mahout. Of 3 students I interacted with, 2 didn't come close to completing
the work they signed up for. I think it's mostly that students are hungry
for the resumé line item, and don't understand the amount of work they're
proposing, and ultimately have little incentive to complete their proposal.
The stipend is small.

I can appreciate the goal of GSoC but it makes more sense for projects that
don't get as much attention, and Spark gets plenty. I would not expect
students to be able to be net contributors to a project like Spark. The
time they consume in hand-holding will exceed the time it would take for
someone experienced to just do the work. I would caution anyone from
agreeing to this for Spark unless they are willing to devote 5-10 hours per
week for the summer to helping someone learn.

My net experience with GSoC is negative, mostly on account of the
participants.

On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 9:56 PM Holden Karau <holden@pigscanfly.ca> wrote:

> As someone who did GSoC back in University I think this could be a good
> idea if there is enough interest from the PMC & I'd be willing the help
> mentor if that is a bottleneck.
>
> On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 12:42 PM, Jacek Laskowski <jacek@japila.pl> wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> Is this something Spark considering? Would be nice to mark issues as
> GSoC in JIRA and solicit feedback. What do you think?
>
> Pozdrawiam,
> Jacek Laskowski
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>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Ulrich Stärk <uli@apache.org>
> Date: Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 8:50 PM
> Subject: Google Summer of Code 2017 is coming
> To: mentors@community.apache.org
>
>
> Hello PMCs (incubator Mentors, please forward this email to your podlings),
>
> Google Summer of Code [1] is a program sponsored by Google allowing
> students to spend their summer
> working on open source software. Students will receive stipends for
> developing open source software
> full-time for three months. Projects will provide mentoring and
> project ideas, and in return have
> the chance to get new code developed and - most importantly - to
> identify and bring in new committers.
>
> The ASF will apply as a participating organization meaning individual
> projects don't have to apply
> separately.
>
> If you want to participate with your project we ask you to do the
> following things as soon as
> possible but by no later than 2017-02-09:
>
> 1. understand what it means to be a mentor [2].
>
> 2. record your project ideas.
>
> Just create issues in JIRA, label them with gsoc2017, and they will
> show up at [3]. Please be as
> specific as possible when describing your idea. Include the
> programming language, the tools and
> skills required, but try not to scare potential students away. They
> are supposed to learn what's
> required before the program starts.
>
> Use labels, e.g. for the programming language (java, c, c++, erlang,
> python, brainfuck, ...) or
> technology area (cloud, xml, web, foo, bar, ...) and record them at [5].
>
> Please use the COMDEV JIRA project for recording your ideas if your
> project doesn't use JIRA (e.g.
> httpd, ooo). Contact dev@community.apache.org if you need assistance.
>
> [4] contains some additional information (will be updated for 2017
> shortly).
>
> 3. subscribe to mentors@community.apache.org; restricted to potential
> mentors, meant to be used as a
> private list - general discussions on the public
> dev@community.apache.org list as much as possible
> please). Use a recognized address when subscribing (@apache.org or one
> of your alias addresses on
> record).
>
> Note that the ASF isn't accepted as a participating organization yet,
> nevertheless you *have to*
> start recording your ideas now or we will not get accepted.
>
> Over the years we were able to complete hundreds of projects
> successfully. Some of our prior
> students are active contributors now! Let's make this year a success again!
>
> Cheers,
>
> Uli
>
> P.S.: Except for the private parts (label spreadsheet mostly), this
> email is free to be shared
> publicly if you want to.
>
> [1] https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/
> [2] http://community.apache.org/guide-to-being-a-mentor.html
> [3] http://s.apache.org/gsoc2017ideas
> [4] http://community.apache.org/gsoc.html
> [5] http://s.apache.org/gsoclabels
>
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