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Google Summer of Code and similar project guidelines
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Summer of Code is a project by Google in which students are paid to implement
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some nice new features for various participating open source projects ...

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This text is a collection of things to take care of for the next soc as
it's a little late for this year's soc (2006).
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The Goal:
Our goal in respect to soc is and must be of course exactly one thing and
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that is to improve Libav, to reach this goal, code must
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* conform to the development policy and patch submission guidelines
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* must improve Libav somehow (faster, smaller, "better",
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  more codecs supported, fewer bugs, cleaner, ...)

for mentors and other developers to help students to reach that goal it is
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essential that changes to their codebase are publicly visible, clean and
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easy reviewable that again leads us to:
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* use of a revision control system like git
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* separation of cosmetic from non-cosmetic changes (this is almost entirely
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  ignored by mentors and students in soc 2006 which might lead to a suprise
  when the code will be reviewed at the end before a possible inclusion in
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  Libav, individual changes were generally not reviewable due to cosmetics).
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* frequent commits, so that comments can be provided early