[Haskell] Haskell.org and Google Summer of Code 2006

Conal Elliott conal at conal.net
Sat Apr 22 13:40:14 EDT 2006

I have some projects I'd like help with, and I'd enjoy mentoring.  Is there
any match-making structure yet (even a wiki page) for Haskell mentors and
mentees, e.g., listing interest areas and/or specific projects?  Cheers,  -

On 4/22/06, Paolo Martini <paolo at nemail.it> wrote:
> Hello everybody, nice to meet you all.
> Last year I did work on an Haskell project during the first year of
> the Google Summer of Code programme[1].  I wrote the bindings to the
> Cairo Vector Graphics library and integrated them in Gtk2Hs.  You can
> see last year's announcement on the website[2].
> I had to take Google itself as my mentoring organization, in absence
> of a better-suited one, no wonder I was the only one with an Haskell
> project, eventually I got one of its 13 slots available -- Chris
> DiBona[3], the project leader, seem to like Haskell very much!
> They recently announced they would be running the programme again
> this year, and I thought we could surely do better!  My idea is that
> the best way we are going to get more Haskell projects done is having
> Haskell.org as a mentoring organization this year.
> Let me briefly summarize how the project works; it starts with a
> number of mentoring organizations that support active open source
> projects.  They are required to publish a list of projects for
> students to apply for, and some mentors which will take care of the
> pupils during their work.  Part of the fun is of course that the
> students can propose their own projects too.  Each successful
> applicant gets an initial $500, three months of coding time, a mid-
> term $2,000 of are doing well and a final $2,000 on successful
> completion of the project (The site[4] does explain it all.)
> I contacted many of the people who usually reside in the #haskell IRC
> channel asking for collaboration, and they promptly accepted, forming
> a quite big number of well organized people -- as now, those three
> people are in charge for the administrative work:
> - Isaac Jones <http://www.syntaxpolice.org/>,
> - Donald Bruce Steward <http://www.cse.unsw.edu.au/~dons/>,
> - David Himmelstrup <http://darcs.haskell.org/~lemmih/aboutMe.html>.
> Not surprisingly, since the people of the channel are known to be
> very kind and helpful, answering questions at every time of the day,
> I've got a good number of volunteers for mentoring too (which I'm
> very happy about):
> - David Himmelstrup,
> - John Goerzen <http://www.complete.org/>,
> - Cale Gibbard <http://www.haskell.org/hawiki/CaleGibbard>,
> - Einar Karttunen <http://www.cs.helsinki.fi/u/ekarttun/>,
> - Shae Matijs Erisson <http://www.ScannedInAvian.com/>,
> - Duncan Coutts <http://haskell.org/gtk2hs/development/>.
> - Andres L\¨oh <http://www.iai.uni-bonn.de/~loeh>,
> - Ian Lynagh <http://web.comlab.ox.ac.uk/oucl/work/ian.lynagh/>,
> And the list is getting bigger and bigger!
> Unsure about where to get an "authoritative answer" about things like
> this I have mailed Simon Peyton-Jones, he likes the idea (Thanks very
> much!)  He explained to me that since the Haskell community is very
> decentralized I would better send a message to the Haskell mailing
> list to propose this project.
> I hope you will be as enthusisatic as I am.  Hacking Haskell code
> during the summer, funded enough to keep up with the other things
> (and getting some pretty cool hardware lately), was a *great*
> experience.
> I sincerely hope that many students will apply for Haskell works.  We
> need projects done!  I'll be mailing you the url of the wikipage
> collecting projects and details.
> Thank you very much,
> Paolo.
> --
> [1] <http://code.google.com/summerofcode.html>
> [2] <http://haskell.org/gtk2hs/?p=30>
> [3] <http://dibona.com>
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