martes, 7 de agosto de 2007


Hola Bloggers, espero que os hayáis recuperado de la locura de la Campus Party. Queríamos daros las gracias por vuestra participación e interés durante la semana ya que ha sido un verdadero placer tener la oportunidad de conoceros a todos. Esperamos que nuestros talleres y presentaciones os hayan ayudado y que sigáis aprovechando vuestra creatividad para dar vida a mapplets y gadgets todavía más alocados. ¡Hablando de este tema!, aquí tenéis las URL con los códigos del gadget y el mapplet ganadores de los concursos para que los añadáis a vuestras páginas.

El maplett:

El gadget:

Ya sabéis que podéis poneros en contacto con nosotros si tenéis alguna duda enviando un correo a, os daremos una respuesta cuanto antes. Y no os olvidéis de la beca Summer of Code, todavía tenéis tiempo para inscribiros.

¡Os enviamos un gran saludo! Y…¡Hasta la próxima!

domingo, 29 de julio de 2007

Kai Blin y su experiencia con el SoC

I have participated in Google Summer of Code right from the start in 2005.
Back then, I applied for the Wine project because I had an offer to do an
undergraduate thesis on any work I did during the Summer of Code for Wine.
This probably helped me to actually apply, as the whole thing looked pretty
intimidating. I also applied in the last minute, with only a couple of hours
to go to the submission deadline when I finally finished my application.
Without the focus of writing a thesis, most likely I would have given up
browsing through all the project proposals.

Still, I managed to be accepted into my project and started writing some code
for it. Before I applied, I thought I actually knew how to write C code. For
Summer of Code, I learned programming all over again. My mentor was really
nice and helpful, guiding me through the process of actually creating code
and submitting the patches for Wine. Thanks, Juan, without you I'd still be
stuck to writing "Hello, World" programs.

All in all, Google Summer of Code 2005 was such a nice experience that I
decided to apply again in 2006. This time, I knew what I wanted to work on
and submitted my proposal to the mailing list for feedback before actually
sending in the application. This was really helpful in judging how much
interest there actually was in the feature I proposed. If you decide to come
up with project ideas on your own, it's always good to check with the
mentoring organization if your feature actually makes sense or not.

This year, I decided to actually work for a different mentoring organization
to learn about new things and to meet new people. Again, I sent my own
project idea to the Samba project, and I got some really good feedback. Apart
from other things, I was told that I would bite off more than I could
probably chew during the three months of Summer of Code. When applying, it's
always a good idea to check that it's actually possible to finish what you

Next year, I won't be participating as a student anymore. I finally feel
comfortable enough with all the things I have learned that I want to be a
mentor instead. Participating in the Google Summer of Code allowed me to
become a member of the Open Source society, and I'm looking forward to giving
more students a chance to experience this as well. Thanks to the work I did
on Summer of Code, I now have a job working on Samba and Wine, I get to visit
a lot of conferences and I actually think that I managed to make people's
lives easier. Thanks to Google for giving me the opportunity for all of this.

Kai Blin

Victoria de Google

Al Cutter y Ricardo Varela, dos ingenieros de Google en Londres que han venido a la Campus a presentar el API de Maps y GData respectivamente, han ganado el primer premio del campeonato de futbolín!!!!! La semana que viene nos llegan las dos mesas de futbolín más... ¿Será la práctica de la oficina lo que ha hecho que estos Googlers se hagan con la victoria? ;-)

¡Enhorabuena, chicos!

sábado, 28 de julio de 2007

My Summer of Code Part 2 - Mylyn at CampusParty

After two exciting days of CampusParty I woke up at 5 pm on Friday which left me enough time to recap the slides before my talk about building a Trac connector for Mylyn. This was my Summer of Code project in 2006 which got me an invitation to this conference in Valencia to share my experiences.

I was delighted that although this was the fourth presentation about Summer of Code that most chairs were taken when I started my presentation. About five people raised there hands when I asked who had used Eclipse before and except for Kai, who is also a Summer of Coder, no one had heard of Mylyn giving me a chance to impress the audience with its features. Mylyn is a task-focused UI that reduces information overload by making tasks a first class part of Eclipse. Mylyn monitors the work activity to identify information relevant to the task-at-hand and uses this task context to focus the Eclipse UI on the interesting information.

Prior to my Summer of Code project Mylyn supported Bugzilla and JIRA repositories. The most requested feature enhancement was a connector for Trac, a web-based issue tracking system with an integrated wiki, which I implemented as my Summer of Code project. I proposed the project because I personally wanted to have Trac tasks integrated with Eclipse but it was great to work on a feature that had a large interest in the community as well. It gave me early feedback and made the experience all the more rewarding. By the end of the summer I had become addicted to the project and I am now a Mylyn committer maintaining the Trac component which has become part of the standard distribution. I also help out mentoring one of the three Summer of Code students that we have for the project this year which is as much fun as being a student!

Laurens who developed SITEman for Joomla as his Summer of Code project in 2006 approached me after my talk to discuss Mylyn integration with J!Code which is an Eclipse-based IDE for Joomla. It is awesome to meet other Summer of Coders at an event like CampusParty to exchange ideas and to socialize.

Google's Summer of Code provides a fantastic framework for doing open-source development. Each student has a mentor who provides guidance which makes it much easier to get started even with little previous experience. I have met many great people through the program and have had many opportunities like visiting a Google office or going to conferences. I hope that the Summer of Code presentations at CampusParty have encouraged more students from Spain to apply for next year's program!

¡Ya tenemos todas las entradas para los concursos!

Desde aquí queremos dar las gracias a todos los campuseros que nos han enviado sus propuestas, ¡os lo habéis currado! En tan solo unas horas sabremos quiénes son los ganadores... ¡y hasta aquí podemos leer! ;-)

Desmond nos cuenta más sobre el SoC

Desmond Elliott, una de nuestras estrellas del Summer of Code, nos cuenta más sobre su experiencia:

I decided to apply for a project on the Google Summer of Code in 2006 because I wanted to gain some real software development experience. I felt that my assignments at University didn't provide me with enough depth to prepare me for working after University and the Summer of Code Program was the perfect opportunity to take.

In 2006 I worked with Google Engineer Mike Pinkerton on improvements to the tabbed browsing interface in the Camino web browser. I had no experience writing software for the Macintosh but because I spent the time to want to work on a project that the community wanted my application was accepted. I worked on a scrollable tab bar as a solution to dealing with overflowing tabs. My development is now part of the Camino code and should be available publicly when Camino 1.6 is available.

In 2007 I applied to work with the OpenMRS Collaborative. I am working on a drug order entry interface for a medical records system that is use in the developing world where HIV and Drug Resistant TB are of great concern. I have been working on this project for about 8 weeks now and every day we uncover new issues that need to be dealt with and the challenges keep piling up. I love that the work I am doing will eventually help to save thousands of lives by minimizing the number of errors in the drug ordering process.

I think that any capable student software developer should seriously consider applying for the Google Summer of Code 2008. I have gained self-confidence, a stronger development ability, and I can communicate more effectively as a result of my projects. I don't know why somebody wouldn't consider applying for a similar experience to what I have had.

Esperamos que todos sigáis su consejo y que su presentación os haya servido de inspiración para participar y solicitar vuestra plaza. ¡No dudéis en pedirnos más información!

viernes, 27 de julio de 2007

¡Concursos concursos!

Hola a todos, espero que sigáis pasándolo bien!! Os recordamos que ya no queda mucho tiempo para los 3 concursos que Google ha propuesto, a si que animaos! Hasta ahora hemos recibido ideas muy muy buenas para los Gadgets, Mapplet y GData; los concursos están al rojo vivo! Mandad vuestras entradas a, y anunciaremos los ganadores en la zona Google Hack el sábado por la tarde.