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Offline badlogicgames
« Posted 2013-02-24 00:40:26 »

Hi,

a few of us libgdx contributors conspired and thought it would be a fun idea to try to take part in this year's Google Summer of Code. Google essentially sponsors students for 3 full months to work on OSS projects for which they handed in a proposal. You can read about our motivation and plan at http://www.badlogicgames.com/wordpress/?p=2877

What i'd like to get is feedback on whether you think this is actually worth it, whether you'd be interested to take part as a mentor or student, and also write about any creative ideas for projects you can come up with.

You can either post your feedback here or over on our forums (as linked to from the blog post).

Thanks a bunch,
Mario

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Offline Jimmt
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« Reply #1 - Posted 2013-02-24 05:32:36 »

Damn, I wish I could do this...but I'm way too noob  Sad
Offline ra4king

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« Reply #2 - Posted 2013-02-24 05:49:00 »

YES YES YES I NEED THIS! Sign me up as a student! Smiley

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Offline ReBirth
« Reply #3 - Posted 2013-02-24 05:58:22 »

Damn, I wish I could do this...but I'm way too noob  Sad
I even don't understand what's going on after read the post  Clueless

Online Roquen
« Reply #4 - Posted 2013-02-24 06:59:09 »

I can't see any big downsides.  Some project have had very cool results from SoC projects.
Offline StumpyStrust
« Reply #5 - Posted 2013-02-24 09:53:10 »

That sounds fantastic but sadly I am also probably too noob.  Cranky

One thing that I wish libgdx did better (if it doesn't already) is more support for desktop apps. That is, if the app is being run on a desktop, use better rendering methods. Even something as simple as a geometry shader for 2d sprites gives easily x2 performance. I know that you can write all of it on your own which is great but it would be nice if libgdx had a whole lot of these sorts of things done and ready to go for you.

I would love to dig into the current particle system and see if there was anything cool I could do there.  Grin

Offline jonjava
« Reply #6 - Posted 2013-02-24 13:03:00 »

Three full months working and improving upon libGDX while getting paid. Of course you should do it!

Offline badlogicgames
« Reply #7 - Posted 2013-02-24 15:53:14 »

Thanks for the input so far folks. I guess we'll try our like, even if our chances are minimal Smiley

I put together an initial draft of ideas a student could make into a full-fledged proposal, see http://code.google.com/p/libgdx/wiki/GoogleSummerOfCode2013

If you have an idea, feel free to post it here and i'll try to incorporate it.

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Offline Sammidysam
« Reply #8 - Posted 2013-02-24 16:50:58 »

Damn, I wish I could do this...but I'm way too noob  Sad

That combined with the fact that you have to be 18 years or older.  It looked pretty interesting until I put those two together.
Offline Jimmt
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« Reply #9 - Posted 2013-02-24 17:16:06 »

Gah...must find other ways to buff resume...
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Offline princec

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« Reply #10 - Posted 2013-02-24 22:30:08 »

I'd kinda like some students to hack on your Jack Java->C compiler and get that working....

Cas Smiley

Offline ra4king

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« Reply #11 - Posted 2013-02-25 08:02:42 »

Damn, I wish I could do this...but I'm way too noob  Sad

That combined with the fact that you have to be 18 years or older.  It looked pretty interesting until I put those two together.
Wait...no.....nooooo. I'm turning 18 in June! Will I still be allowed to do this?

EDIT: Found it in the FAQ:
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You must be 18 years of age or older on or before May 27, 2013 to be eligible to participate in Google Summer of Code in 2013.

Excuse me while I go kill myself.

Offline Regenuluz
« Reply #12 - Posted 2013-02-26 09:04:38 »

Hum, that 2d map editor looks like fun. I might actually consider applying for that. Though I guess I'll have to start playing with LibGDX sooner, rather than later. Tongue
Offline ReBirth
« Reply #13 - Posted 2013-02-26 12:10:07 »

@ra4king:
Please make it quick Tongue but seriously just enjoy your "below 18" moment for now. You'll miss it later.

Offline Regenuluz
« Reply #14 - Posted 2013-04-09 06:49:42 »

Aw, you guys didn't apply, or get accepted into the GSoC program? Sad Now I need to find something else to apply to!
Offline Nate

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« Reply #15 - Posted 2013-04-09 22:28:27 »

Rejected. Screw you Google, we didn't want to play with you ANYWAY!

Offline Regenuluz
« Reply #16 - Posted 2013-04-10 11:18:26 »

Bummer. :/
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