Hey everyone! The Mono team is pleased to announce that we are a mentor organization in the Google Summer of Code 2015! This is the eleventh year of Summer of Code for us, and we’re really excited to work with a new group of students.
This is a great opportunity to spend the summer with a great community working on cutting edge open-source C# tools and frameworks. You can hone your development skills by working on large and complex codebases with experienced mentors, and get paid for your hard work too.
If you’re an eligible student, the application period runs from March 15-27. But don’t let that stop you from starting on your proposals! Feel free to introduce yourself to the community and mentors, talk about your ideas, and do some preliminary research to make your proposal as strong as it can be. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, you could even get started on some quick bugfixes and patches to show off your skills; while this isn’t required, it is really helpful in seeing how you work and getting your name out in the community. Show us how excited you are about coding!
Same as last year, our project ideas and rules are available on our GSoC ideas page, and we’ll be updating the list as we come up with new ideas. Don’t let these ideas limit you though; if you have your own idea for a great project for the summer, put it in a proposal and send it our way. Or, if you can’t decide, you can always submit multiple proposals. Keep in mind, though, quality is better than quantity in this case.
Our project mailing lists should be your first stop for questions about contributing to Mono. There are many lists for different topics, but the main ones are mono, mono-devel and monodevelop-devel. For external projects, you should also contact the developers in their project mailing lists.
And of course IRC is where you can find everyone online, on the irc.gnome.org server. There’s the #mono channel for general Mono discussions, #monodev for Mono development, #monodevelop for MonoDevelop and Xamarin Studio, and #monosoc for Summer of Code-specific questions and saying “Hi” to your fellow students. Hang around a while after asking a question - we have mentors in many timezones so they may be asleep or busy when you visit.
If you’re not a student, you can participate in Summer of Code by helping the students feel welcome in our community! Or, if you’re interested in mentoring C# tools and libraries under the Mono umbrella, send an email to the Mono GSoC administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.