Regarding GSoC 2015
souvik.iitd at gmail.com
Sat Mar 7 05:28:03 PST 2015
I am Souvik Chakraborty, student at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi
(IITD), India, and this is regarding my desire to code for LibreOffice as a
part of GSoC 2015.
I have been coding for around 5 years, and although most of it is of the
type one would normally find in high-school textbooks, I have also
participated in and completed two hackathons (Microsoft's code.fun.do 2014
and 2015). At IIT, I have so far completed one course in Programming in C++
(passed with maximum grade), and am currently pursuing a course on Data
Structures with Java. Also, at my high school final exams, I secured 91/100
in Computer Science. In addition, I have basic knowledge of Python and C#.
Here, I'd like to mention that I have a particular interest in debugging
and writing perfect logical-error-free code. While some people might make
do with any sort of code that works for a few handful of test cases, I do
not. I am a perfectionist, in that sense. I often help my fellow classmates
with debugging (without using any built-in debugging environments such as
the one Eclipse offers). Additionally, I also like problem solving (with
respect to software and hardware problems), for example, I manually
disabled a trojan that had been putting up a malicious proxy server
address, configured a generic USB controller to behave like a recognized
one and rectified a situation where a plug-and-play device simply would not
be detected. This is just to assure you that no matter the number and
magnitude of challenges, I won't be deterred and lose hope or abandon my
work midway. Also, I have a 70 day summer vacation and no plans of
travelling, so I'll be available to tweak codes for long hours everyday.
At present, I have gone through the student guide at Development/GSoC/2015,
and I'm looking at some of the EasyHacks projects that I might be able to
help with to further prove my dedication to the cause. Although I have used
LibreOffice sparingly, I understand the concept of open licensing and
personally, I think such open source software have the potential to be the
best in the market. My motivations for joining this particular organisation
include the prospect of some real-life problem solving for a large number
of people, hands-on coding experience for a very well know organisation,
having my name on the developers list and obviously, the remuneration in
terms of enhancing my curriculum vitae.
This mail was just a heads up to let you know who I am and why I'm here.
I'll get back with the "bug fix" of one of the C++/Java EasyHacks, at which
point I'd formally request a place on your team for GSoC 2015.
My nick on irc is Souvik8 and I'll be writing to you from this address.
2nd Year Undergraduate
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