Student Application Template 2012
 Your steps to apply
- Find out that you would like to work together with us this summer!
- Tell us about that and work on your project proposal. Do this together with us! Best place is your wiki user page, see below.
- Fill out our public application template. This is best done by creating an account at this wiki and copying the template from its page.
You really only need to copy and answer the public part there, there is no need to showcase everything else to everybody reading your user page!
- Fill out our private application template. This is best done by copying the template from its page and adding the required information to your application at Google (melange) .
Only the organization admin and the possible mentors will see this data.
You can still edit it after submitting until the deadline!
- Hang out in our IRC channel, ask questions, submit patches, show us that you are motivated and well-prepared. There sadly will be more applicants than we can mentor with high quality, so do ask for feedback on your public application to increase your odds!
- Start implementing your very own proposal! Code the summer away ;-)
 Public application template
This part is answered in public on your user page. Please copy its source (edit) and then fill. Delete any examples and annotations (this markup) afterwards. Same for questions that do not apply to your situation.
 A: An introduction
- Please describe yourself in three sentences, one of them regarding your current studies.
- Which languages do you speak?
- What's your overall background? The general field you work in or are studying, e.g. computer science, physics, artificial intelligence, control theory...
- Why do you want to participate in the Google Summer of Code? What do you hope to gain by doing so?
- Please also describe your previous experience with the GSoC, if any. Includes any community-bonding, mentor experience or application, not necessarily accepted. We use this subquestion to identify which students are unfamiliar with how the program goes, providing further support. It has no negative impact on your rating!
- Why are you choosing Octave?
 C: Contact
- Please state the (unique and identical where possible) nick you use on IRC and any other communication channel related to Octave. We really want unique nicks. You might want to bold it.
- Which time zone do you live in? Will that change over GSoC duration? Perhaps DST adjustment or a relocation. Note that both UTC and GMT are not aware of daylight saving time! Please state UTC+x or -x.
- Please state the timeframe (in UTC+0) when you feel most comfortable working during GSoC. Where are your time buffers? Example: I usually code around 9.00 to 18.00 and could also try to start earlier (~7.00) for few days ;-)
 E: Coding experience
This part is one of the more important ones in your application. You are allowed to be as verbose as you want, as long as you stay on topic ;-)
- Please describe your experience with C++, Octave or Matlab m-scripts, OpenGL and Qt.
- Please describe your experience with other programming languages.
- Please describe your experience with being in a development team. Do you have experience working with open source or free projects?
- Please describe the biggest project you have written code for and what you learned by doing so. Also describe your role in that project over time.
- Please state the commits and patches you already contributed to Octave. This question (one of the most important parts by the way) is the only part of your application our wiki admins will edit for you even after the application deadline. Code sometimes speaks louder than many words do.
 F: Feeling fine
- Please describe (in short) your experience with the following tools: We only use this question to determine where you need guidance, not for rating! We by no means expect you to be familiar with all of these and you'll won't necessarily need them while working with us.
- IRC and mailing lists
- Mercurial or other source code management systems
- Mediawiki or other wiki software
- make, gcc, gdb or other development tools
- What will make you actively stay in our community after this GSoC is over? You can also tell us after applications close and we'll happily try to fulfill :-)
 O: Only out of interest
- Did you ever hear about Octave before?
- If so, when and where? How far have you been involved already?
- If not, where would you expect or advise us to do advertising?
- What was the first question concerning Octave you could not find an answer to rather quickly? Of course more than one question can be stated. We try to improve based on this each year! Includes learning how to use it, code, website, GSoC application, …
 P: Prerequisites
- Please state the operating system you work with.
- If you have access to more than one, please state them and the conditions under which you are granted this access.
- Please estimate an average time per day you will be able to (if separated) access
- an internet connection
- a computer
- a computer with your progressing work on
- Please describe the degree up to which you can install new software on computers you have access to.
 S: Self-assessment
- Please describe how useful criticism looks from your point of view as committing student.
- How autonomous are you when developing? If you answer both subquestions with "Yes, definitely", we are a tad confused. ;-)
- Do you like to discuss changes intensively and not start coding until you know what you want to do?
- Do you like to code a proof of concept to 'see how it turns out', modifying that and taking the risk of having work thrown away if it doesn't match what the project or original proponent had in mind?
 Y: Your task
- Did you select a task from our list of proposals and ideas?
- If yes, what task did you choose? Please describe what part of it you especially want to focus on if you can already provide this information. Please also wiki-link the page for your elaborated proposal here.
- If you apply for a task you have added yourself instead, please describe this task, its scope and people you already talked to concerning it. What field of tasks did you miss on the list?
- Please provide a rough estimated timeline for your work on the task. This should include the GSoC midterms and personal commitments like exams or vacation ("non-coding time"). Optionally include two or three milestones you expect.
 Private application template
This part is only meant to be included in your application at Google Melange. Nobody needs to see your contact details in public!
 A: An introduction
- Please give an idea of the timeframe you plan to be
- working on your project
- able to join our IRC channel
- Do you have other commitments for the summer period? Do you plan to take any vacations?
- If yes, when and for how long?
- Please describe your written English.
 C: Contact
- Please state the (unique and identical where possible) nick you use on IRC and any other communication channel related to Octave.
- Please state the email address you check most regularly.
- Which time zone (UTC+-x) and country do you live in? Will that change over SoC duration (DST changes perhaps)?
- Are there instant messenger networks you regularly visit? Would you like your mentor to contact you there?
- Please decide if you would like us to have further non-public contact information of you and share them here. This is meant as absolutely last resort (total absence from internet or computer havoc for instance). It might, for instance, be a phone number with international code. It will only be shared with the mentor in case of absolute emergency and never be published!
 S: Self-assessment
- Do you give constructive advice? Do you receive advice well?
- Are you good at sorting useful criticisms from useless ones?
 Y: Your task
- Why did you choose your particular task? What do you expect to gain from working on it?