BRL-CAD is once again delighted to be participating in the Google Summer of Code! BRL-CAD was selected as a mentoring organization and will be helping students develop project proposals through the April 6th application deadline. Any students interested in joining the BRL-CAD development team this summer can jump straight to our project ideas page. We're certainly open to other ideas too. As a comparatively smaller development community, chances of having a good application accepted are (very) high with BRL-CAD so join our mailing list and introduce yourself today!
This year, we're looking to make it super easy for students interested in BRL-CAD. As a large codebase with more than a million lines of code, getting started can be intimidating and daunting. Developer Tom Browder has prepared an awesome virtual machine disk image with everything you need already downloaded, installed, and ready to go. It includes documentation, examples, and more to help you get started right away.
Now in its eighth year, GSoC is an annual summer program hosted by Google where they pay students a stipend of $5000 to work on open source. It's a highly competitive program both for the students and for the mentoring organizations.
One of the primary goals of the program is to introduce students to free open source software development with the specific intent of attracting those students as new long-term developers for that project. For BRL-CAD, this is our primary reason for participating. With increased awareness, new developers, and increased developer activity, we hope to accelerate BRL-CAD development to benefit our entire user community.
We eagerly look forward to working with our students on their projects and will be sure to share progress of our involvement throughout the summer. Our mentors can be reached via the brlcad-devel mailing list and the #brlcad IRC channel on irc.freenode.net:6667 (web interface here).