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Ok, continue blogging today after few busy days. For my GSoC 2007 project, my assigned KDE mentor is Tomas Mecir. He is a KSpread developer, not a KWord developer. But this should not be a problem, since he also knows well the basic structure of KOffice. For KWord specific things, I may need to ask other developers (apart from reading the API and source code of course). Also whenever possible, I will need to make sure the tools are also useful for other KOffice applications (in my mind the closest candidate of sharing those tools is KPresenter). For the development environment of KDE4 (kdelibs4) and KOffice2, I already have them in my Debian box (an old Athlon XP-2200+), from KDE anonymous SVN of course. Few days ago, I just purchased a laptop (an Acer one, quite cheap), and I still need to set up the Linux (Debian – my distribution of choice) and of course I need to se up the KDE4 + KOffice2 development environment again. I’ll write about the laptop again tomorrow, or whenever I have free time 😉
Btw, thanks to Darmawan who posted the 1st comment on my 1st blog, congratulations to you too. Nice to see other Indonesian in GSoC 2007, also nice that he is from a university in my hometown (Bandung), I will be going back to Bandung around end of June. (I saw the information from GSoC 2007 student profiles).

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Finally I’m accepted for this year Google Summer of Code (GSoC 2007). For this year, the student application started on 14th March (together with announcement of accepted mentoring application) and ended on 26th March 2007. I only submitted one proposal, Text-tool plugins for KOffice apps. Actually I wanted to write another proposal, but I didn’t have enough time to write that (I already spent few days to see actual KOffice source code + reading some previous student proposals from 2005 and 2006). Why did I choose the Text-tool plugins project (this is from the list of KDE SoC ideas)?

  • I want something related to KWord / KPresenter. This project (as I stated in the proposal) will mainly benefit KWord, but it’s not limited to KWord only, because of the modular design of KOffice2. Now KWord is being developed at a very fast pace (by KWord guru Thomas Zander)
  • I want to implement basic things that are needed for a word processor, the tools that I’m going to implement are essentials for a word processor.
  • I don’t want to work on something that is too complex for me to finish during summer (I’ve had already enough headache with my internship project), I want this to be a fun project during summer.

I asked Thomas Zander to review it before submitting it and luckily he was willing to read it (thanks Thomas :). I submitted the proposal quite early (around 18-19 March IIRC).
The announcement day was 12 April 2007, 5 pm Pacific Time, or around 13 April 8 am Singapore Time (Thursday). I had been checking the google soc page since Wednesday, and Wednesday night to Thursday morning I hardly slept, I woke up few times and checked the internet again and again, but nothing there. Then I went to my internship office, hoping that at the time I arrived (8 am) an email from google already sent to my mail. But unfortunately it was not the case, after checking up the SoC discussion, I knew that it was delayed for few hours. Suddenly someone posted to the groups, that he got application status changed to not accepted. Curious, I also checked mine, and found that the status was not accepted. I almost got heart attack, but few minutes later few people replied that the status was temporary, all were not accepted at that time. I read a really funny comment from one of the students:

On a related note, a huge number of Summer of Code result-awaiting nerds just suffered a collective heart attack

LOL, I’m one of them 😉 Fortunately, few minutes (or few hours later), I read a post stating that the result for some organizations had been released, and after checking KDE page, my application is there! And also the status had changed to application accepted! That day I was also sick, maybe because I didn’t sleep well during the night, but still I was full of happiness!

Thank God for all the blessing!

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