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It's A Wild Weekend

Posted by editor on February 16, 2007 at 7:54 AM PST

Got time for your project?

Some work on open-source for their day job; for the rest of us, it's a weekend activity, to be juggled with all the other demands on our time, like fixing the garage door, organizing the tax records, and taking the kids to the circus. It's easy to understand why some projects get stuck when their developers just never have enough time to work on them. Well, that's my excuse, anyways. Still, I've got three emacs windows (two Java, one Obj-C) and one terminal that have been minimized for two days and want to at least get compilable again... hopefully this weekend.

And how do we get the younger generation into our projects? Sure, they've got time, but they have demands on their time too: school, career-building, part-time or summer jobs, etc. Well, there's help for the last of these... a recent blog announces that Google will again host its Summer of Code, which provides stipends for students to work on major open source projects. In the past few years, projects such as JXTA and Project Looking Glass have participated as mentoring organizations in the SoC.

So there's your heads-up -- for appropriate projects, it's time to apply for the program, and for students, this could be a chance to hack away the Summer months. Unless you're south of the Equator, in which case it'll be Winter.

In Java Today,

A NetBeans Enterprise Pack 5.5.1 community acceptance testing
(NetCAT) Beta program
offers an advance look at upcoming NetBeans enterprise features. The 5-week program is scheduled to begin on February 26. "We are looking for community members who have previous experience with
enterprise features and who have the availability to provide us with
their feedback in a timely manner. All participants will be directly
supported by the product team on the Enterprise Pack mailing list."

The 111th issue of the JavaTools Community newsletter is out, compiling tool news from around the web, welcoming new projects to the community, congratulating a graduation (JLab), and featuring a Tool Tip on how to write feature articles as a means of promoting your project.