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Subject: Re: [boost] Mentoring students
From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-09-07 08:15:17

on Sat Sep 06 2008, "Chris De Vries" <> wrote:

> Hi Dave,
> My idea is that students will become involved with a project by making
> some small contributions and then go onto participate in Google Summer
> of Code. It is still uncertain if GSoC will run in Australia this
> year. Hopefully we will hear soon. I assume this will not fit in well
> with the Boost development model where entire modules are proposed,
> evaluated then developed. Is this assumption correct?

Not necessarily. Students could develop patches/enhancements for
existing libraries which would then only need to be approved by the
appropriate maintainer. They could also develop tools and other

> I think that working together with other programs (GSoC, etc) will
> work best, rather than competing against them. I see the IEEE as a
> means to assist, inform and encourage students to become involved.
> This will be effective because we can do it in person and on campus.
> We are also providing free pizza to encourage attendance at our
> information session. If this program succeeds I hope that it will
> spread to other student branches. As you have suggested it might be
> too much load for already strained projects. I will have to wait and
> see how it goes.
> Thanks for your feedback.

Best of luck; I hope it works out.

Dave Abrahams
BoostPro Computing

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