Google & phpBB Summer of Code Participants Announced

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Google & phpBB Summer of Code Participants Announced

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As we excitedly announced last month, phpBB is participating in Google Summer of Code 2012.

phpBB received a large number of fantastic proposals and we have had a blast getting to know some of the applicants over the past few weeks. Our mentors dedicated their utmost attention to carefully ranking the entries and filling the provided slots with proposals that we feel will have the greatest benefit for the phpBB community. We sincerely wish that we could accommodate every worthwhile proposal, however resources are limited and we are focusing on facilitating the best possible experience for our winners.

Without further adieu, it is my pleasure to announce our 2012 GSoC winners (In no particular order):
  • Search Backend Refactoring by Dhruv Goel, India
    Dhruv will focus on enabling proper abstraction in the search system and allowing for individual backends to modify the user interface. He will also integrate Sphinx and PostgreSQL Fulltext search into the phpBB codebase.
  • Attachment Improvements by Kim Mantas, Hong Kong & UK
    Kim will improve both the interface and functionality of the attachment system by implementing multiple file uploads, an improved user interface and a tool for downloading several attachments at once.
  • Auth Plugin Refactoring & User Integration by Joseph Warner, United States
    Joseph will enable phpBB to simply integrate with third party authentication services. The generic interface will allow administrators to configure which services to accept or add additional services at a later time.
In addition to the slots provided by Google, phpBB will be extending the program by two additional slots. phpBB Summer of Code 2012 will follow much of the same guidelines set forth by GSoC. This year, both slots have been awarded to students on our own development team:
  • Closing RFCs Like a Boss by Joas Schilling, Germany
    Joas will focus on completing some existing RFCs, including events, proper grouping for the teams page, improved ACP layout, soft delete, a log class, native php timezone handling, and others.
  • Post Revisions/Edit Log by David King, United States
    David will implement a post revision system, enabling moderators to view detailed differences between edits made to a post with the ability to revert. This feature will have an option to be disabled, and can be further configured via the ACP to enable revision pruning.

If your proposal was not chosen, please accept our sincerest gratitude for your participation. Please do not feel discouraged to participate in the phpBB community regardless of GSoC as there are many opportunities to apply your skills.

Thank you,

The phpBB Team

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