WordPress was one of a few open source projects chosen by Google for participation in its Summer of Code program where college and university students may earn $4,500 USD to help improve whatever project they were accepted to. Of the 84 applicants to improve WordPress, 10 were ultimately chosen. They are:
- Celeste Paul is pursuing her Master’s of Science degree at the University of Baltimore in the Interaction Design and Information Architecture program, and she hopes to find three things that can be improved in WordPress by comparing it to competitors, and she’ll be mentored by Matt Mullenweg.
- Ronald Heft, Jr. is a 19 year old freshman attending Penn State Lehigh Valley and is working on adding podcasting support to WordPress and will be mentored by Lloyd Budd.
- Keith Bowes is a 27-year old who blogs in Esperanto and he’ll be working toward making the template system easier to use, and that Andy Skelton will serve as his mentor.
- Dion Hulse is a 19-year old attending classes at Southern Cross University in New South Wales Australia, and with the guidance of Robert Deaton will be creating a much anticipated plug-in to automate updating your WordPress installs.
- Bernardo de Pádua dos Santos is a student at in Brazil who hopes to create a sort of a “drag and drop” functionality for pages in WordPress, using a bit of AJAX magic and with the help of Michael Adams.
- Mike Grouchy is a 23 year old Computer Science student at Memorial University in St.John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, and with Peter Westwood‘s guidance hopes to completely overhaul and improve the way we all use WordPress’ commenting system.
- Luc Bizeul will create a Unit Test Framework for Editor Formatting, (whatever that means) with the help of Lloyd Budd.
- Corey Shaffer will be helping to improve Content Management, mentored by Brian Layman.
- Andrew Nelson will be guided by Robert Deaton in performance testing and speed improvements.
- Matthias Bauer will be striving to improve WordPress’ localization to other languages, with a focus on making all literals translatable and the internationalization of (plugins and themes) metadata, all with the help of his mentor, Nikolay Bachiyski.
A Google message group has been created to watch this group of young people’s progress.
Source:→ WordPress PodcastWordPress, Google, Google Summer of Code, Coders, development