GSoC: Week 5 - Midterm evaluations
The Google Summer of Code student midterm evaluations are due this week on 3 July 2015 at 19:00 UTC, so I will use this post to write about my experience with the Google Summer of Code program, reflect on the previous 5 weeks and talk about the tasks for the next following 8 weeks.
The Google Summer of Code program has been a great opportunity for me to start contributing to open source and to connect with the Clojure community. Many great projects have come out of it, such as Ambrose Bonnaire-Sergeant's Typed Clojure, and students as well as organizations are benefiting from GSoC. As much as I value the GSoC program, there is still room for improvement. In particular, communication between GSoC students is not promoted by the program organizers which is likely one reason for the lack of community between GSoC students.
Then again, the Clojure and ClojureScript community has been really welcoming and helpful. Many people seem to be excited about this project and I've only had positive interactions with other Clojurians so far. My mentor for this project, David Nolen, has been more than helpful, very responsive and has been doing a lot to promote this GSoC project. Also, a big thank you to Mike Fikes, who has been trying out the CommonJS support in Ambly and has given me very valuable feedback.