My name is Dragos Foianu and I am an undergraduate student at University 
Politehnica of Bucharest in Romania. This is my final year and I'm planning on 
doing something more exciting than the simple 
assignments I get from the university.

I have been working with git for quite some time now and I'm currently using it 
for my diploma project. It was annoying at first but now I love it and it has 
helped me many times in the past. I wanted to 
contribute to the project and I feel that GSoC 2014 is the perfect opportunity 
for this.

I am primarily interested in the "git config API improvements" project. I have 
glanced over the code in order to get an idea of how git-config currently 
works. The project idea page gives a very good 
description of what is desired. Caching and retrieving values by name sounds to 
me like a hint to use a hashtable-like data structure. Conveniently, there is 
already a hashmap implementation in git and 
even more conveniently, there is a cache implementation that uses that data 
structure. So that part is fairly straightforward.

I have a question, however: how would I go about detecting when a cache 
invalidation is necessary? Considering I have read a configuration file and 
cached the configuration in memory, what can trigger 
one of the existing cache entries to be invalidated?

That is all I have to ask for now. I will look over the code during the next 
few days to get the bigger picture and submit my application. At [1] you can 
find my microproject patch. I am eagerly awaiting 
for any questions you might have.

All the best,

[1] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.version-control.git/244210
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