Google Summer of Code’16

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Google Summer of Code is an annual program that focus on bringing students to the world of Open Source development . Students are exposed to software development and get a chance to get stipend during the summer break.

I got interested in Open Source development when I joined FOSS@Amrita – community in Amrita University where students get exposure to Open Source development other than the usual academics.

I have been a regular member of the FOSS club from my first semester itself. I was introduced to MediaWiki through the club. I started my contribution to MediaWiki through small bug fixes. I got know about the GSoC’16 internship from my seniors and decided to apply for it.

I took ‘Extension for page creating/editing notification’ as my project. I had the feeling that I will be able to do the project although it’s a long project. I was able to complete a micro-task associated with the project which boosted up my confidence level.

I was eagerly waiting for the results to be published. At sharp 12:30am, I received the mail from Google Summer of Code team saying that my proposal got selected. It was a moment of dream come true for me. I thank FOSS club for providing the help and support for me.

First few weeks of the internship goes through community bonding period where the students are supposed to become familiar with the community, participate in the mailing list/IRC, meet up with mentors etc. I worked on developing an extension that notifies the user when he/she visit a particular special page. I got familiarized with the basics of Echo extension and got to know about hooks which would help me in the project.

I had a Skype call with Yaron through which I got to know him. I have often contacted through hangouts to discuss about the project. I am also working on another extension which produce notification on page edits to know more about hooks and Echo extension.

 

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My first step to the world of books

This post is about my first step to the world of books. I have heard people saying that books take us to a new world, where we can enjoy ourselves. And now I realize that its true.  I was actually not interested in reading books before I had joined college. One of my seniors Haritha chechi, in the FOSS club suggested me to start reading. She reads a lot and at times I was amazed to see her interest towards the reading.  She lend me a novel which she had recently bought, it was named “Then there were none”. The moment I started the reading the book, it developed a huge interest in me and I was very curious to know the  whole story. I realized that ‘reading’ is one of the key skill to be developed and decided to continue reading.

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I thought of writing summary of the novel so that you could take a quick look at it if you are interested.

“Then there were none” is a crime fictional novel by Agatha Christie which is widely considered as her masterpiece. The novel starts of by giving the background of the main characters in the novel. Eight people from different places are invited to Soldier Island for different reasons such as employment, holiday during summer etc. They are invited by Mr & Mrs Owens but the couple weren’t home when they  all arrived. Mr & Mrs Rogers, the housekeeper and cook of the house welcomed all and lead them into their rooms. There was rhyme on the bedrooms of all the guests. The poem said about the ten little soldiers and the incidents of their death. The ten soldiers are murdered one by one and the last one hangs itself to death.

They didn’t expect the sudden unnatural death of Anthony as he chocked down to death while having Whiskey after the dinner. The following morning Mrs.Rogers was found dead in her bed. One by one started being murdered by someone. They searched all over the island but they weren’t able to find anyone hiding. They were late to realize that the “murderer” was one of the ten people on the island who is a lunatic and gets happiness by killing others. They decided to stay together so that all could see each other. But through very small loop holes the murderer did his job.

My First trip-Part 2

I went to Napier museum, the art and natural history museum. The museum was established in 1855 and it  was named after Lord Napier, the Governor of Madras from 1866-1872.

Ticket should be bought in order to enter museum but the counter was closed. One kind police man who stood near the entrance of museum let me in without the ticket and told to leave fast.  Museum showcased archaeological artifacts and idols of god and goddesses of different period of time. I was not much interested in the artifacts but it was nice to see the great works of extremely skilled artisans.

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I took a quick glance of the idols and left the museum as it was to be closed. I headed to see the aquarium. There were different varieties of fishes and the fish tanks were arranged beautifully. I took few photographs and took tickets for the zoo.

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It is one of the oldest zoo in India. I  walked through the tarred road, on the way I could see different animals and birds. There were varieties of birds like swans, owl, cranes, macaws, pelicans etc.

There were different types of snakes and reptiles and it was so fascinating. There were Mountain bear, leopard, deer, zebra, peacock, hippos etc. I wasn’t able to take much snaps from zoo as my phone battery got dead. After the long walk through the zoological garden, I was very tired and hungry. As the sky was getting darker, I had a cup of coffee and left the zoo. I was in search for a place to stay for the night.

I took a rickshaw to Statue Junction in Trivandrum to take a lodge for the night. I wandered for an hour, inquiring about the lodge. Finally I was in front of an old lodge after the long walk through the busy roads. I took the room for 300 rupees. I got fresh and went out to have dinner. I had a ghee roast dosa and a cup of coffee.

My First Trip-1

My mentor Vipin sir suggested me to plan a trip, as the college will be closed for couple of weeks due to some issues with the bio-gas plant near college. I somehow got my parents permission and decided to go to Trivandrum and Kanyakumari. Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala where I planned to visit Napier museum and the zoo. Kanyakumari is situated in Tamilnadu, the southern most part of India which is famous for the unique sunrise and sunset.
I packed the things the needed things and left my hostel around noon on 12th Nov. I reached  Ochira, a nearby town near to my hostel. I had lunch from a small hotel at Ochira and picked a bus to Trivandrum.

There had been a slight drizzle during the journey and it was cold. I have always enjoyed travelling in bus. I got off the bus at Palayam at Trivandrum to visit Napier museum and the zoo.