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Google Summer of Code Students To Contribute to Joomla Development

Students from around the world will be working on open source coding projects that may be used by content management (CMS) software Joomla, as part of the Google Summer of Code.

There are eight separate student projects, each being worked on by a different student, that have the potential to be incorporated into the open source Joomla platform and core. 

The Google Summer of Code program offers stipends to student software developers (ages 18 and up) for writing code for a number of different open-source software projects. To be accepted into the Google Summer of Code program for Joomla, students had to propose a project and apply. The eight students were chosen from more than 50 applicants with proposed Joomla projects.

Some of the student projects include a Facebook API, which would allow Joomla-powered sites to integrate Facebook material into the site, a Google API, which would allow Joomla-powered sites to integrate Google Maps and Webmaster tools into the site, and language installation for the CMS, which would allow users to choose from multiple default language options when building a Joomla site.

Other projects include a JS/CSS compression API, a MediaWiki API, a web services API, a workflow API, and a language translation extension.

The eight student developers are:

  • Javier Gómez;
  • Prasath Nadarajah;
  • Stefan Neculai;
  • Diana Prajescu;
  • Aaron Schmitz;
  • Kavith Thiranga Lokuhewage;
  • Lucas Tiago De Castro Jesus; and
  • Florian Voutzinos;

The eight students will be coding their Joomla projects over the next few months, until mid-August, when each student will present their code to the Joomla community. Students will learn if their code has been accepted on August 24. Each student developer whose code is accepted will receive a $5,000 stipend from Google, which will be paid in installments.

For more information, visit Joomla's blog about its Summer of Code students or the 2012 Google Summer of Code site.

About the Author

Caitlin Moriarity is a freelance technology writer based in St. Louis, MO. She can be reached at clmoriarity@gmail.com.

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