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+[[!meta title="GSoC/Requirements"]]
+[[!meta author="James Bursa"]]
+[[!meta date="2009-05-27T01:14:50Z"]]
+Basic requirements for GSoC students
+Students are expected to work a "standard" work week. Anything above
+that is fine too, but we expect a commitment similar to normal
+employment. After all, Google are paying for your time.
+Expectations for communications
+The NetSurf team use IRC, so you will be expected to be on \#netsurf on
+Freenode and communicate there.
+Each week, (or more often if suitable) you are expected to send a report
+to your mentor indicating what you have achieved, what you intend to
+achieve over the coming week, and anything which is blocking you from
+proceeding. Your mentor will then post to the netsurf-dev mailing list
+providing a redux of this information suitable for others.
+If you have any issues with anyone else, you are expected to take it up
+with your mentor, or if the issue is with your mentor, with one of the
+other mentors in the project. The mentors are: John-Mark Bell (jmb),
+Michael Drake (tlsa), Rob Kendrick (rjek) and Daniel Silverstone
+Who to talk to
+Your mentor is your first point of call for anything directly related to
+the running of GSoC. They are the person responsible for your midterm
+and final assessment and you should be using them for this.
+For queries about your actual project work, you are encouraged to ask
+for advice or help on the IRC channel or mailing list. Generally the IRC
+channel is most suitable for but for involved questions or issues that
+require a lot of planning, use the netsurf-dev mailing list. This allows
+the entire NetSurf team to help and advise you.
+Sometimes we may ask you to work something out for yourself, not out of
+spite or laziness, but to encourage you to learn more for yourself. GSoC
+is not just a chance to make money, but a chance for you to learn new
+skills and to interact with other ways of developing software.
+How to work
+In terms of your work environment, we recommend that you have a well-lit
+comfortable place to work, and that you isolate it from your normal home
+computing environment in the sense that if you normally have hundreds of
+IRC channels open, browse tens of websites etc, you try not to during
+your "work day" -- we're not saying you can't enjoy yourself, just that
+the fewer distractions, the easier you will find it to begin with.
+We recommend that you don't have the television or a talk-radio station
+on while working. Music however is fine and often encouraged.
+Repository layout
+You will be given a branch space on our Subversion repository. It will
+be in /branches/<yourname> and you will have total control over that
+part of the repository. You are encouraged to make feature branches and
+to request that your mentor review and merge them regularly. Ideally you
+will make a branch, implement one feature (or one packet of work towards
+a feature) and get it reviewed and merged. Then make a new branch and
+work on the next bit.
+This sounds a little long-winded, but it means that we don't get huge
+merge jobs at the end of GSoC, but still fulfils the requirements that
+we have to provide to Google your work so that they can see that you
+didn't cheat them out of their money.
+You are encouraged to commit early and often to your branch. Changes you
+make will be sent to the public commits list, so be sensible in your
+commit logs. Regular smaller commits will allow the team to review your
+code in-flight and suggest improvements or ideas which might mean you
+waste less time writing something which ultimately isn't suitable.