[sip-comm-dev] Student projects and mentors


#1

Hi all,

I'm Anil Gulecha, a Sun Campus Ambassador at JSSATE, Bangalore, India.

I was looking through interesting projects on java.net that students
can work. I found https://sc-student-projects.dev.java.net/

The code for freedom contest was launched on aug 15
http://in.sun.com/communities/univ/codeforfreedom/ runnin gfor 6
months till Feb 08. The goal is to involve students in the community.
In this regard I have the following queries:

* Would the developers at sip-communicator be willing to mentor
students through any project at sc-student?
* If yes, how much time would the mentors be able to put in?

*Could you list the minimum pre-requisite for students to participate?

*Some students have never contributed to open source projects, and
have studied Java and have knowledge of Netbeans. However most would
have to go through the initial learning phase for some time, before
they can contribute. Are there docs online that will help students
through this phase?

* Is there anyway non-technical students can contribute to the project?

*Last, and not the least, are there other projects that would like
student involvement. I've not looked extensively at java.net, so
pointers to any projects would be appreciated.

Regards
Anil

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#2

Hello Anil,

Sorry for the late reply!

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Anil Gulecha wrote:

The code for freedom contest was launched on aug 15
http://in.sun.com/communities/univ/codeforfreedom/ runnin gfor 6
months till Feb 08. The goal is to involve students in the community.

Thanks for letting us know. Sounds interesting!

In this regard I have the following queries:

* Would the developers at sip-communicator be willing to mentor
students through any project at sc-student?

The sc-student-projects meta project on java.net is not really the best
place to look for project ideas. Many of the projects there are
currently being worked on by students in the context of different programs.

This is of course not really a problem and if other students are
interested we could probably come up with a list of new ideas (there's
always a lot to do around here).

* If yes, how much time would the mentors be able to put in?

I guess this would depend on the mentors that get involved, as well as
the level of autonomy that you'd expect students to have. Judging from
previous experience more than 4 would be hard to get and 2 is probably a
reasonable number.

*Could you list the minimum pre-requisite for students to participate?

This one is hard to define. I'd say that having some programming
experience is probably the most important one. Knowing Java also helps.
Other than that I don't think that there should be any strict
requirements, as long as the students are really interested in the project.

*Some students have never contributed to open source projects, and
have studied Java and have knowledge of Netbeans. However most would
have to go through the initial learning phase for some time, before
they can contribute. Are there docs online that will help students
through this phase?

Yes, we developer documentation that we are trying to keep up to date.
It's available here:

http://www.sip-communicator.org/index.php/Documentation/DeveloperDocumentation

* Is there anyway non-technical students can contribute to the project?

Hmm ... good question. There probably is but I don't really have any
precise ideas. It mostly depends on what they'd like to do.

*Last, and not the least, are there other projects that would like
student involvement. I've not looked extensively at java.net, so
pointers to any projects would be appreciated.

We're in close collaboration with the jain-sip project which is also
very active and would probably be of interest to students.

Cheers
Emil

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Regards
Anil

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