Hi there! Tell us a bit about yourself, including age, where you
are a student and what you are studying
I am currently 20 years old, and am currently a student at Middlesex County College, in New Jersey. I am currently studying Computer Science, in a degree program -- I have been interested in computer-related courses for some time, both hardware and software related -- additionally, I am interested in network administration. I am also a big supporter of open source projects, and appreciate all the work that the community has done thus far, in a multitude of aspects.
You've had a Google Summer of Code project funded. What will you be
doing? How will you be doing this? What's the final product?
I will be creating a megadistro, so to speak, of Perl, which will encapsulate lots of useful modules (essential and additional) -- after which, I will create Makefile to build the install -- finally, after testing the install, ensuring that everything passes `make test`, I will package it. The intent for the final product, will be a nice and thorough package, of perl, built for each and every major distro.
How did you get interested in this topic?
I was quite interested in developing a project for the SoC (Google - Summer of Code 2005), namely with TPF (The Perl Foundation). This past semester I had just completed a course in perl, and became quite interested in the language; moreover, this past semester, I was busily developing my own, personal projects, some of which utilized perl and many perl modules. After trying to think of a feasible project to develop for TPF, I thought of this as the best project, in which I could benefit TPF, as well as, the community, as I had recently experienced the complexities and complications that can go into installing perl and many modules, which I needed to acquire and install (when working on personal projects, using perl).
Where do you see your project going after this summer?
Honestly, I have not really sought past this summer, as much work awaits, but hopefully, this project will be continually built on; the Makefile updated appropriately, more modules added here and there, repackage, and redistribute
Is there any way to track your progress over the next few months?
Got a blog?
Although, at the moment, I had no plans with regard to that aspect, I will try to get some sort of page up, which will track my continual work on this project -- personally, I am not one to blog, anything -- I am more typically accustomed to the developer and commit e-mail lists.
Did you expect to get funded?
Honestly, I really didn't have any expectations as towards whether or not I would get funded; I merely entertained the idea that I would be working on a project for TPF. Though I have experience with open source projects, and had the opportunity to take courses related to some of the material I actually work on, whether it be perl or another area, I did not think that it would give me a better shot at getting my project funded over that of any other ambitious student. However, now that my project is funded, I eagerly await the mountain of work that lies ahead
Got a silly fact about yourself or the project?
As for myself, nothing comes to mind, presently -- though if there any developments on that front, I'll make sure to let the community know