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A: An introduction

  • I studied Automation and Robotics for 2.5 years in Krakow, Poland. I later moved to Billings, MT in the US to help take care of my grandparents. In Billings I continued my studies but changed my major to Aeronautical Science.
    • I speak Polish and English fluently.
    • During my studies in Poland I took courses on control theory, worked with Matlab/Simulink, C++ and Qt.
  • I don't do a lot of programming at my studies but I still like it and that's why I wanted to participate in Google Summer of Code. I hope to learn more about how opensource collaboration efforts are managed and have some fun programming.
    • I have no previous experience with Google Summer of Code and am quite unfamiliar with how it all works.
  • I had a friend back in Poland who participated in GSoC and she chose Octave and that's why I wanted to give it a try too.

C: Contact

  • My Nick on IRC will be Jsoh425
  • I live in UTC-06:00 and this will not change during GSoC
  • During GSoC I will code between 14:00 and 23:00 in UTC+0 but can start as early as 13:00 for some time.

E: Coding experience

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  • I took part in a university project where I had to implement a few windows in Qt/C++ and tie them in to that project. The goal was to implement tools for editing diagrams, similar to flow diagrams. The functionality included drag-to-connect and other diagram operations. I used m-scripts to implement a class and some functions for a course at the same university. The goal was to try to determine how to move legs of a hexapod (spider like robot) to change his position and orientation from one to another. I have not worked with OpenGl.
  • I implemented a simple "snake" in Ada using Qt.
  • I worked for a semester on a project at my university in Poland. I used svn and worked closely with my professor on it. I have not participated in any open source projects.
  • I worked on the project mentioned at the top. The project was developed for a couple years by a few members of faculty and afterwards, me and a few other students were invited to contribute for a semester. I don't know how many lines of code the project had but I do know it compiled in about 10 minutes when compiling for first time. As I mentioned I had to add a few windows that would edit diagrams, similar to flow diagrams, with connecting functionality and tie them in to the program. I think the most I learned from that project was the role of good documentation and taking your time to understand the code before you start adding something new.
  • 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:
    • I have no experience in IRC and mailing lists
    • I used svn and git
    • I helped admin a wiki for my classmates
    • I wrote a simple make that scans for source files in a directory and compiles them together; simple uses of gcc; no experience in gdb, though I did use the Eclipse, QtCreator debuggers a lot

O: Only out of interest

  • When learning about Matlab I came across Octave and tried some of its features.
    • Like I stated before I only tried it as a 'user' and have not been involved in Octave as a project so far.
  • 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

  • I work with Ubuntu 14.10.
  • Currently I am able to access it in the evenings about 23:00 UTC till 02:00 UTC for the purpose of coding, but that is because of my other school work I have to do. Once May starts I will be able to use the computer without restrictions
    • I have a reliable broadband internet
  • I have full access to my computer with no restrictions.

S: Self-assessment

  • I think criticism can be extremely useful because it can guide you and help you learn how to do better next time.
  • I think I am quite autonomous if I understand the problem that I am suppose to solve. When I do not, or there are unexpected problems I cannot solve for a period of time I usually ask for help.
    • Definitely
    • Not really, but I would like to change that attitude, because I noticed that much of development work is failing to achieve what you set out for and learning from it.

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.