Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community that promotes software literacy within the visual arts. It focuses on programming graphics, animation, and interactive applications. Because Processing is free and open source, it is easily accessible to schools and students around the world. The Processing community has written over one hundred libraries to extend the software into other domains including computer vision, data visualization, music, and electronics.This is our first year participating in Google Summer of Code and we are thrilled to have two great students helping us on our project. Peter Kalauskas is busy working on Dynamic Library Loading. Currently the Processing software is extended by libraries that need to be downloaded and installed separately. Peter’s work will make it possible to add and update libraries through our IDE (Integrated Developer Environment). Harshani Nawarathnai is working on enhancing the PDE (Processing Development Environment); work has started on a version that is built on top of Eclipse. We hope this will bring advanced IDE features into Processing, while maintaining the simplicity of our editor/compiler. For now, there's a working Eclipse plug-in, but we're working to support our own standalone application that supports all the syntax and static checking tools available in Eclipse for other languages.By Casey Reas, Processing Organization Administrator----------
Orange, Data Mining Fruitful & Fun, is an open source component-based data mining and machine learning software suite. Orange features easy to use yet powerful and flexible visual programming front-end for explorative data analysts and visualization, and Python bindings and libraries for scripting. Being developed at the Bioinformatics Laboratory at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, it is actively used in research, incorporating cutting edge tools and techniques, and it is constantly evolving.
This summer, through the Google Summer of Code program, we have three students working on improving various aspects of Orange. Marinka Zitnik is working on providing the Orange community with a unified and efficient interface to matrix factorization algorithms and methods. Wencan Luo is extending Orange to support multi-label classification. Miha Cancula is replacing the current visualization framework based on Qwt with a custom library, depending on Qt. We are already seeing very useful results from the students' work.
By Mitar Milutinovic, Orange Organization Administrator
---------- FOSSASIA is participating in Google Summer of Code for the first time this summer. The goal of the FOSSASIA network is to bring young Open Source developers together with experienced international developers to join or start new Free and Open Source projects. FOSSASIA’s Google Summer of Code projects focus on open source for social change and communication. All the students are putting in a lot of effort, however their progress is varying as students have different skill levels.The project of “foo-script” (Adam Rakowski) is moving forward most quickly. He expands the uses for the next Crypto-Stick (an USB hardware device with an integrated openGPG smart card firmware) edition and develops plugins for popular applications like Firefox. With the Stick you can easily encrypt your emails and achieve convenient online authentication. Secondly Chanrithy Thim, the MoonOS developer from Cambodia has been improving Appshell, a framework for applications that lets developers easily create application bundles. A single file contains all the data and files needed to run an application, so all a user has to do is to launch it. Google Summer of Code projects will be presented at this year’s FOSSASIA Summit taking place in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) on November 11-13, 2011.By Hong Phuc, FOSSASIA Organization Administrator
DebConf 11 was the first major open source event I have ever attended. It is really great to meet people I speak with every day. DebConf is really a wonderful experience where we can talk about a lot of interesting things like what Debian is, how Debian works and we also have a lot of fun. I met our Google Summer of Code organization administrators and talked about what we can do to make it rock. I was also pleased to meet my mentors, Tom Marble and Sylvestre Ledru, to get to know them better and work on our project. I also gave a talk (video) about the progress of my project on July 30th at DebConf to show the community what I have accomplished so far this summer in the program.Last week was a busy one since I tried to make some progress on my project and to attend talks which could help me to resolve some issues I am having with my project. Before this year’s Google Summer of Code I was already involved in Debian, so attending DebConf and meeting people who love their universal operating system, encourages me to stay in this community for a while because we are doing great things and we learn a lot along the way.By Guillaume Mazoyer, Debian Google Summer of Code student-----Meeting people in real life has always been better than email/IRC and this fact was exemplified at DebConf this year because not only did I get to meet my mentor but I was also able to interact with people from the Debian community. Yay!DebConf proved to be an even more wonderful experience than I had imagined -- you learn and discuss about the operating system you love and use everyday, you meet new people, make new friends and you get to try out new food!I discussed with my mentor, Andreas Tille, how we could make my Google Summer of Code project better. We had a talk (video) about the project on July 29th to gather ideas and feedback from the community; we aim to incorporate the ideas from the talk into our project. After seeing the love and passion here for Debian, I will most certainly be sticking around after the summer and be a part of the community, aiming to contribute and give back to all that it has given us. A heartfelt thanks to the people of Banja Luka and the local team for having us here, they have not only made the conference possible but have amicably welcomed us to this beautiful city. Debian is indeed truly, the universal operating system and DebConf is the testament to this.By Sukhbir Singh