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Re: [Wget-dev] Google Summer of Code

From: Darshit Shah
Subject: Re: [Wget-dev] Google Summer of Code
Date: Tue, 5 Mar 2019 15:40:49 +0100
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Hi Mei!

I am glad you'd like to work with The GNU Project and more specifically with
GNU Wget. We're always looking for enthusiastic contributors. GSoC is indeed a
great opportunity to start working with a free software project.

SOCKS5 support sounds like a great idea and we'd be very happy to have that
working by the end of this GSoC period. We are usually willing to give people a
shot at contributing to Wget even if they're not the most proficient at C. Just
be willing to accept code reviews and make the relevant changes.

As a first step, I would recommend you get the sources and see if you can
successfully build them and run the tests. Once that is done, please see if you
can find any open issues and either fix them or close them as invalid / already
fixed. A few of the easier ones have been marked as "Junior".

We can then over time discuss the precise topic that you are interested in
working on and the required deliverables for that project. You can also find
us on IRC. I idle as darnir[m]. #wget is now bridged as a Matrix room, you can
directly join us via Matrix if you'd like.

* Mei Walker <address@hidden> [190305 15:08]:
> Hello!
> My name is Mei, I'm currently an undergraduate student in the US studying
> computer science. I've worked on a couple of small scale open source
> projects in the past, but I've always wanted to contribute further to free
> software (especially associated with GNU) but never found the time to; I
> was so excited to find wget participating in summer of code, since it
> seemed like such a great opportunity!
> I generally use wget to grab local copies for web pages, but sometimes I've
> been using curl because wget doesn't support SOCKS5 proxying (natively). I
> was hoping I might be able to help implement native SOCKS5 proxy protocol
> for wget, as per this issue: https://gitlab.com/gnuwget/wget2/issues/1
> I am also very interested in implementing QUIC for wget. I've worked with
> UDP protocols before when I was working on some torrent tracker software,
> and being able to learn more about it compared to TCP implementations for
> fetching web pages sounds amazing.
> However, I have also seen the issue opened about last year's summer of
> code. While I write C programs in my free time and a little bit during work
> at my university's center for high performance computing, I do not consider
> myself an advanced user. If touching the existing code base sounds like a
> bad idea, I found implementing wget building/testing for Android
> interesting as well.
> My thoughts for timelines for any of these projects are rather fuzzy, and I
> was hoping I would be able to chat about it with the wget devs a little bit
> more. If that's at all possible, feel free to email back or highlight me on
> IRC - I've been idling in #wget as meimeix.
> Thank you so much for your time and consideration!
> Mei

Thanking You,
Darshit Shah
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