This bodes very well for Open Source in general, and for the Python community in particular. I hope that the students will continue to contribute to existing Python projects and start their own.
Here are some examples from tasks that I've been involved with:
- Michael Kremer profiled effbot's widefinder implementations and discussed the results superbly
- Eren Turkay wrote unit tests for the pydigg module, obtaining almost 90% code coverage; he's currently tackling a 2nd task, writing unit tests for SimpleXMLRPC
- iammisc (not sure what the real name is) is writing an API for interacting with MySpace
If you want to witness all this for yourself, and maybe get some help for your project from some really smart students, send an email with your proposal for tasks to the GHOP discussion list.
I saw your post on Unofficial Python and showed it to my daughter (Oscar8thegrouch). She really worked hard on it. She taught herself the markup used in ReStructuredText and learned quite a bit. She used svn diff and make for the first time! It helps that all of the computers in the house are running linux distros.
She was so excited to hear that she is a contributor to the stdlib. Both she and her little sister are constantly checking to see if there are any new projects.
I'm very glad your daughter chose to participate. It's an experience that she'll probably never forget. Great to hear that my post contributed to spreading the word on GHOP!
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