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A: An introduction
- Please describe yourself in three sentences, one of them regarding your current studies.
I am doing my PhD in computer science. I am also a bit concerned about my privacy here and would like not to disclose too much personal information here.
- Which languages do you speak?
I prefer to communicate in English
- What's your overall background?
- Why do you want to participate in the Google Summer of Code? What do you hope to gain by doing so?
I want to add some functionality to Octave. I believe it is a good occasion to get to know Octave's internals and get some extra money from Google
- Please also describe your previous experience with the GSoC, if any.
This is my first time
- Why are you choosing Octave?
If there is possibility to improve the tool I'm using almost every day why should I choose anything else?
- Please state the (unique and identical where possible) nick you use on IRC and any other communication channel related to Octave.
I am using ozzy
- Which time zone do you live in? Will that change over GSoC duration?
- Please state the timeframe (in UTC+0) when you feel most comfortable working during GSoC. Where are your time buffers?
I usually start at 7:00 and try not to spend more than 8 hours in front of the computer. I can also sometimes shift it into the eventing
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.
I do a lot of scripting in Octave for my research and sometimes I have to port them to Matlab. I have quite good experience in C++. I know basics of Qt and have some minor experience in OpenGL.
- Please describe your experience with other programming languages.
I often use Python for scripting. I also believe I have good experience in developing algorithms for GPGPU.
- Please describe your experience with being in a development team.
I am a leader of a medium-sized simulation software which I do with my colleagues for our research work. It it written in C++ and heavily depends on templates. Simulation results are further processed in Octave. The development of the project progresses slowly, but steadily.
- 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.
The biggest project I have written code for was an medical image processing platform for a big company. I was one of the developers who worked on the actual data processing being done inside the application. This is were I've really learned how to use basic development tools like version control, unit testing, debugger and how to document the code.
- Please state the commits and patches you already contributed to Octave.
I didn't commit anything to Octave so far
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
I don't have any problem using them
- Mercurial or other source code management systems
I have some experience with SVN and GIT, I believe Hg is not much different
- Mediawiki or other wiki software
They do not seem to be difficult either.
- make, gcc, gdb or other development tools
I'm fine with them
- What will make you actively stay in our community after this GSoC is over?
O: Only out of interest
- Did you ever hear about Octave before?
Yes I did.
- If so, when and where? How far have you been involved already?
I am using Octave in daily basis for my research work and I actually prefer it over Matlab due to relaxed syntax, easy access to additional packages and lower price ;)
- What was the first question concerning Octave you could not find an answer to rather quickly?
Unfortunately there was a lot of them and they mostly include poorly documented packages
- 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.
I have one computer with Debian Linux (Now it's in a state between Wheezy and Jesse) and Windows 7 -- as an alternative boot configuration. I also have an access the OSX 10.10 on my other computer
- Please estimate an average time per day you will be able to (if separated) access
- an internet connection
16 hours -- I need to sleep sometimes
- a computer
8 hours -- I' trying to not spend more time in front of a computer than that
- 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.
I can install anything as long as I know what it does
- 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.