User:Abdallah Elshamy

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A: An introduction[edit]

  • My name is Abdallah Khaled Elshamy, a student from Egypt. I am a hard-working person who is passionate about his work. I am a senior undergraduate student studying computer and systems engineering at the faculty of engineering - Ain Shams University.
    • Languages I speak: Arabic (native) and English (advanced).
    • I have a good background in mathematics (ODEs, linear algebra, numerical analysis, and calculus), electronic and electric circuits, and computer science.
  • Google Summer of Code is an excellent opportunity for a student like me to work with other developers on sophisticated software that has a lot of users. I hope to become a better and more experienced developer and to hone my soft skills by collaborating with the developers/maintainers of Octave.
    • I participated in GSoC 2020 with GNU Octave.
  • I used Octave a lot as an open-source alternative to MATLAB. It was extremely helpful for me as a student. Thus, I want to help in enhancing and adding to this important project.

C: Contact[edit]

  • Username on Savannah, Username on Octave Discourse, and Nickname on IRC: Abdallah_Elshamy
  • I live in Cairo (UTC+2). my location won't change over GSoC duration.
  • I usually split my working hours to regain my focus so I code from 06.00 to 10.00 and from 12.00 to 17.00

E: Coding experience[edit]

  • I have a good knowledge of C++ and used it in many projects.
  • I have been using Octave/MATLAB for about three years. I am familiar with some packages like: Control and Signals. I wrote many m-scripts and used Simulink.
  • I have a good knowledge of Qt and made two University projects using it.
  • I have a good knowledge of Python and a fair knowledge of Java.
  • I am comfortable with working with team and worked with many teams in university projects.
  • Last GSoC, I Worked on a project​ that enriched GNU Octave with built-in support​ for JSON. I developed functions to encode/decode JSON using​ C++​ and unit tests using ​Octave. My project​ was integrated into the main repository of GNU Octave[1].
  • Other contributions can be found here[2].

F: Feeling fine[edit]

  • I am familiar with IRC and used it to get advice.
  • I am familiar with mailing list and subscribed to it.
  • I used Mercurial to submit a patch and have a good experience with other version control systems like git.
  • I built Octave using make tool and was able (with the help of the maintainers) to add functions to the build system.
  • What will make me actively stay in the community that I want to help in developing Octave as it helped me in my study. besides, I believe that I will learn a lot from this.

O: Only out of interest[edit]

  • I heard about Octave approximately two years ago in my college as an open source alternative for MATLAB since we have projects that used MATLAB and we needed a software with similar capabilities.
  • The first question concerning Octave I could not find an answer to rather quickly was how to add to the build system. With some searching and help from IRC channel and maintainers I was able to solve it.

P: Prerequisites[edit]

  • I use Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS.
  • I own this machine and have full (sudo) access to it. I can install any new software on it.
  • I will be able to access internet connection, a computer with my progressing work on any time on the day.

S: Self-assessment[edit]

  • Criticism is greatly important and highly appreciated by me as it allows me to learn from other's experiences. To make the best of it I prefer it to:
    • Be as specific as possible.
    • Be supported with examples.
    • Use clear language and avoid ambiguity.
    • Be given in points so I can track my improvement in a better way.
  • I prefer to discuss changes and to have a good vision about them before starting to code. Surely, all the details may not be clear and need further search but having a good general view about the system helps a lot and directs your search and your efforts to fruitful paths.
  • Prototypes definitely helps you understand what you are trying to do so coding and modifying them (with the risk to throw them away) may be useful to have a better understanding and a better implementation of the requirements.

Y: Your task[edit]

  • I am interested in the "Jupyter Notebook Integration" project.
  • This project aims to support running (and filling) Jupyter Notebook within GNU Octave. This would enable Jupyter Notebook users to evaluate long-running Octave Notebooks on a computing server without a permanent browser connection, which is still a pending issue.