Wednesday, 11 August 2010

GSoC Week 12

Wow, this is my last gsoc related entry, I'm publishing earlier because I won't be around during the weekend.

I mentioned last week that we had know a better mechanism to handle bad cache, during this week I worked mainly adding documentation, extending user manual and finally sending the patch to set the environment variable DARCS_CONNECTION_TIMEOUT.

Overall my experience with the people from Darcs was really good, giving that this was my first experience contributing to an open source project, sometimes I had moments when I felt really awkward, but my mentor and the rest of people on irc will kindly help me to understand the stuff I didn't know.

With Eric (my mentor) things went pretty neat, We would meet weekly and discuss about what I had done during the previous week, what I accomplished, my doubts, and what I would work next. He always tried to keep a culture of get things done, and at the beginning when I wasn't very familiar with Darcs he would help me to get more familiar doing some "quiz" questions, which would take me to an "aha!" moment and finding some answer by myself.

What's next ? I plan to continue contributing with Darcs, for me the most difficult part in an open source project is getting started, I think I have passed through that, and I want to keep the momentum, I will try to keep contributing as much as I can.

I would also like to say thanks to the following people on irc who somehow help me when I appeared there asking questions: kowey, mornfall, lispy, Heffalump, sm.

Thanks to the Darcs team and I hope to continue having fun and learning lots with you.

All the documentation of my project is in the wiki.


  1. Hey Adolfo, I really appreciate your contributions to darcs, and look forward to experiencing them in due course. Also your communicating and participation in the community. Good luck and see you around!

  2. Many thanks, Adolfo for your open attitude and patience for my relentless nitpicking. It was pleasure to work with you during GSoC 2010; hope to see more of your work in the future. Perhaps someday you'll also feel ready to mentor your own Darcs GSoC student. Best wishes until then :-)