A Light-hearted Look at our 2014 GSOC Interns
When and why did you start coding?
Of all the projects, you could have applied to for Google Summer of Code, why Mifos?
You’ve only been a part of the community for a few weeks now but you all have made such great contributions, what’s been most rewarding for you so far?
Ishan: My code that I submitted for an API change was finally accepted after many alterations in the perfect manner that was the most rewarding moment. I had never worked with Java APIs before that. Getting it right in the first attempt is really a proud feeling. In this process I also filed a bug with Google for the Android Studio that was taken up overnight by their team which was another good experience.
|Diunuge: I contributed to few issues in the Mifos. Fixing User Interface errors and adding a feature of capturing meeting location and duration to the Mifosx and the Community App.|
|Gaurav: Completion of my task “Upgradation to Bootstrap 3” of Community App is most rewarding for me. As it taught me how to work on projects that have so frequent changes. It was a big task which took me around 1 month due to the number of files I had to work around.|
|Rishabh: I think the interaction with such a lively community was the best thing about working with mifos. That feeling of making a contribution which is going to affect such a large number of people is just indescribable.|
|Channa: Having a chance to Interact with a group of people where they thinks their passion is to help newcomers.Oleg: I learned lot in Angular and pentaho reporting.Antonio: Knowing that code I’ve written will help MFIs serve their clients is a pretty good feeling. As a relative newbie to software development, knowing that I can jump in, understand and contribute to a larger project is a confidence booster as well. Finally, applying my studies to a real-world project that is aligned with my values has been the most rewarding way to learn software development so far.|
What is the one thing you’re hoping to learn or take away from your Google Summer of Code internship?
Rishabh: Other than all the obvious technical skills that one acquires after working on such a large codebase, one of the most important thing I’ll learn is how to manage a big project like this one and to collaborate with developers from all around the globe.
|Gaurav: Gaining experience in client side technologies and help improving mifos platform with my experience and knowledge.|
|Ishan: One thing I am looking forward to learn this summer is to write Unit Tests for Android apps that I have never written before. Also I’ll be keenly researching on ways to Cache data, Retry requests and Optimize the apps because we’ll be dealing with huge data here.|
|Channa: Major take away would be the pleasure of working with a community where people are from different parts of the world.|
|Oleg: Gaining experience and skills in Pentaho reporting, getting to know with the financial software.|
|Antonio: There are a lot of things I’m looking for between now and the middle of August but most of all I want to be able to develop a relationship with the Mifos community and a knowledge of the platform that are deep enough that I can continue to contribute and help out down the line.|
Most of us on the project have been away from college for a number of years but we all have fond memories – what’s your most memorable experience from university thus far?
Diunuge: I was working on a community project called “Randaru” while working as the committee member of the IET(Institution of Engineering and Technology). Project plan was to provide a library and a computer lab to a rural school. I was responsible for collecting & assembling computers for the lab. And it was very exhausted. But after the work done, heart was filled with such a joy. That’s unforgettable.
|Gaurav: Most memorable and enjoying part was when we played Holi(festival of colours) in our university. We went around whole university fully coloured on bikes. We played holi even with eggs, ink and so many weird things.|
|Rishabh: I think the one thing I am always going to miss about my university is it’s surroundings. Being located in the foothills of Trikuta mountains of Jammu and Kashmir state of India, this is unarguably one of the best place to have your university at. Every other day one can have a “mini-trip” to a nearby stream in the valley or a short hike to the hill beside the university.|
|Ishan: Night outs with seniors during college fest is the best experience from my college life thus far.|
|Channa: Having a chance of been a invigilator for a university exam for one of the junior batches.|
|Oleg: Meeting new, interesting people and working on interesting group projects with groupmates.|
|Antonio: Last summer I started to feel I’d gotten a solid enough grasp of software engineering basics that I started building things on my own, outside of my course assignments. These were mostly tiny programs that did silly things, but it was a great feeling to have an idea and then also have the know-how to realize it.|
Share something about your local culture that the community and other interns might like to know
|Diunuge: We have a family oriented culture which has a rich artistic tradition with great effect of the Buddhism and the long history.||
Antonio: My local culture is pretty diverse. Walking down my block you are just as likely to run into someone speaking Ukrainian as someone speaking English. If you continue walking a few more blocks, you may hear more Spanish than English. In different pockets of the city, the same could be said for Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, Polish, and Korean, just to name a couple. Even the folks speaking English are often from other parts of the US, and not necessarily from the city of Chicago.
|Gaurav: Our local punjabi culture is most interesting culture in India. Mostly the spicy food like rajmah chawal are really famous. Bhangra and Gidha a dance forms are performed in celebrations. Punjab is a land of 5 rivers and is agriculture land.|
|Rishabh: There are numerous things which “only happens in India”, lots of festivals, lots of colors, lots of languages, diverse religions, lots of different geographical regions and variety of cuisine. India is called a sub-continent for a reason.|
|Ishan: Great Food! You shouldn’t leave Delhi without tasting it all.|
|Channa: “If you a visit a rural Sri Lankan home and you are served a cup of tea you will find it to be intolerably sweet. I have at times experienced this and upon further inquiry have found that it is because the hosts believe that the guest is entitled to more of everything including the sugar. In homes where sugar is an ill-affordable luxury a guest will still have sugary tea while the hosts go without.” Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lankan Cricketer.|
|Oleg: Georgia is multi-cultural country and it has one of the oldest alphabets with was invented in the 3rd century BC.|
Share one fun fact about yourself
If you could travel to one place in the world where would it be?
|Diunuge Can’t say specifically a one. I have a bucket list of places where I want to go. But probably it’ll be some place which is peaceful and quiet.|
|Gaurav: Santorini, Greece|
|Rishabh: Alaska, USA. There’s nothing like mountains, winters, nights and wilderness.|
|Ishan: A beach that had unlimited supply of American & Italian food, Beer & High Speed Internet.|
|Channa: New Zealand|
|Antonio: I lived in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil for 8 months as an undergraduate. Anytime I think about traveling I think about going back to Bahia. Someday I want to make the trip from Chicago to Brazil by bike.|
If you could have lunch with anybody (living or deceased) in the world, who would it be? What would you have for lunch?
|Diunuge: Probably, with my crush. She is a batch-mate in the university. I am waiting for since more than 3 years. Haven’t figure it out yet.|
|Gaurav: Sachin Tendulkar. Anything for lunch.|
|Rishabh: Elon Musk. Anything that can be cooked quickly, considering that he wouldn’t have a lot of time for that.|
|Ishan: Marissa Mayer, for she is the hottest programmer alive. Anywhere she likes, because who’s gonna eat when she’s around :”D|
|Channa: My mother, whatever she decides.|
|Oleg: I would meet Nikola Tesla and have fried fish for lunch.|
|Antonio: Ramen noodles with Donald Fagen|
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