Six months ago, the Google Summer of Code 2006 finished, and the twelve Mozilla-related projects submitted their final reports. Just as after the 2005 SoC, I’ve spent some time looking into the current status of all the projects, and thought I would share those results with you.
I should say before I start that the following assessment is just how I see it, sometimes based on limited information. People with better knowledge should feel free to ask me to make corrections.
|Name||Student||Mentor||Story||Mentor Happy?||Current Status||Code useful to Mozilla?||Student Still Involved?|
|Mozilla and D-BUS Integration||Christophe Nowicki||Darin Fisher||This student produced progress reports on his blog, and seemed to get started, but it all got a bit bogged down. There is code available, but not much evidence that it does anything useful.||Yes||Stalled; code is here||Not really||No|
|Implementation of APNG||Andrew Smith||Vladimir Vukicevic||This student worked on and implemented animated PNG, to the satisfaction of all concerned.||Yes||Integrated into trunk on 2007-03-20 (bug 257197)||Yes||Yes|
|Rewrite of Cairo’s 2D rendering library||Eric M. Hielscher||Stuart Parmenter||This project changed course mid-stream, rather – the end result was an AGG surface backend for Cairo.|
|Yes||In Cairo GIT, maintained by Vlad||Unknown||No|
|Develop JS libraries for common Thunderbird tasks||Oren Nachman||David Bienvenu||This student made some improvements to Thunderbird to ease the lives of extension developers. Example bug, student site/final report.||Yes||Code checked in||Yes||Unknown|
|Enhanced Page Info window||Florian Queze||Mike Beltzner||This work went well (log of work done), but got stalled for a long time on UI review.||Yes||Very nearly integrated into trunk (bug 339102)||Yes||Yes|
|XUL editor plugin for Eclipse||Lian Liming||Benjamin Smedberg||This student discovered that the underlying Eclipse technologies also needed work, which added more effort. But an alpha version was produced. Student home page. There has been no work done since the end of the SoC.||Yes||Alpha code available here||Probably not in its current state||No|
|Thunderbird spam filter testing and improvements||Anthony Urso||Scott MacGregor||The mentor was positive about the experience but the student seemed less so. Most of the interaction was private and so I can’t find records or the final code to make a judgement.||Yes||Unknown – I can’t find the code||Possibly||No|
|Improvements to the Camino tabbed browsing experience||Desmond Elliott||Mike Pinkerton||This student did a solid job implementing various tabbed browing improvements in Camino. Tracking bug, final report.||Yes||Integrated into trunk Camino (not 1.x branch)||Yes||Yes|
|CZilla Translator – tool to manage translation of Firefox, Thunderbird and extensions||Jan Matousek||Zbigniew Braniecki||This one never really got off the ground; the student had a busy personal life, and the student and mentor had communication difficulties.||No||No code to speak of||No||Yes, in Czech community|
|Glitz improvements||Daniel Amelang||Vladimir Vukicevic||Exams and illness meant that this student didn’t even get started by the midterm evaluation.||No||No code came out of the SoC||No||Yes – Daniel is now part of the Cairo community|
|ZipWriter||Lan Qiang||Benjamin Smedberg||This student did not communicate well with his mentor, who felt that the quantity of work was not all that it should have been.||No||Code is in Bugzilla and on his own site, but was not of usable quality at the end of the SoC.||Not in its current state||Now involved in another open source project|
Note the massive contrast with 2005, when all ten projects basically failed. Of the 12 projects from 2006, 9 had happy mentors at the end, 5 had code which was immediately and directly useful to the project, and several people are still part of either the Mozilla or another open source community. Let’s hope this improving trend continues in 2007.