Michael Haggerty <mhag...@alum.mit.edu> writes:

> See my branch on GitHub [1] or read the appended text below.

Very nice.

> ## Introduction
> It is strongly recommended that students who want to apply to the Git
> project for the Summer of Code 2014 should submit a small code-related
> patch to the Git project as part of their application.  Think of these
> microprojects as the "Hello, world" of getting involved with the Git
> project; the coding aspect of the change can be almost trivial, but to
> make the change the student has to become familiar with many of the
> practical aspects of working on the Git project:

I'd suggest one step before all of the below.  

 * Here (http://thread.gmane.org/{TBD1,TBD2,TBD3...}) are a sample
   set of threads that show how a change and a patch to implement it
   is proposed by a developer X, the problem it attempts to solve,
   the design of the proposed solution and the implementation of
   that design are reviewed and discussed, and that after several
   iterations it resulted in inclusion to our codebase.  As a GSoC
   student, you will be playing the role of X and engaging in a
   similar discussion.  Get familar with the flow, need for clarity
   on both sides (i.e. you need to clearly defend your design, and
   need to ask clarifications when questions/suggestions you are
   offered are not clear enough), the pace at which the discussion
   takes place, and the general tone of the discussion, to learn
   what is expected of you.

That would help the later step, namely:

> * Expect feedback, criticism, suggestions, etc. from the mailing list.
>   *Respond to it!* and follow up with improved versions of your
>   change.  Even for a trivial patch you shouldn't be surprised if it
>   takes two or more iterations before your patch is accepted.  *This
>   is the best part of the Git community; it is your chance to get
>   personalized instruction from very experienced peers!*
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