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Posted by editor on March 16, 2007 at 8:52 AM PDT

One project in the Google Summer of Code

We mentioned the Google Summer of Code exactly one month ago, so you can't really say you weren't warned. Be that as it may, the sponsor organizations for the 2007 SoC were announced yesterday, and there's a single project included. There have been others in the past, such as Project Looking Glass, so maybe it's a little disappointing to only have one of the's community projects included. But on the other hand, the one that got picked is a good one. The SIP Communicator project describes itself as "an audio/video Internet phone and instant messenger that support some of the most popular instant messaging and telephony protocols such as SIP, Jabber, AIM/ICQ, MSN and soon others like Yahoo and IRC." If you want to get an audio or video chat through NAT, chances are you're using SIP, and this project helps you do it in Java. It's easy to see that this is interesting, important work that will enable a lot of interesting functionality in other applications.

So congratulations to the SIP Communicator team on being accepted for the Summer of Code. If you're a student and you want to write open source this summer (and get a stipend to do so) pick up one of the SIP Communicator summer of code projects. The deadline for joining is March 24.

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The latest SDN TV episode from the Sun Developer Network Channel is Java Opens Up. In it, Sun's chief open source officer Simon Phipps interviews Mark Reinhold, chief engineer of Java SE, about openJDK efforts like the Kitchen Sink Language project. The episode also features Eduardo Pelegri-Liopart talking about the GlassFish community

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