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Basie Status Updates

Posted by Greg Wilson on 2010/01/28

We’re on track to release Version 0.6 in time for PyCon (which is three weeks away), though we may get there by slapping the word “beta” after the “0.6” :-). Lots of bugs are being fixed; the ticketing system and milestone display are seeing significant re-work; and we’re cleaning up code (e.g., pulling Javascript out of HTML pages and putting it in separate files, doing better error reporting). More importantly (at least for me), our work now has a rhythm: stuff is going up on ReviewBoard, getting checked, and getting committed on a pretty regular basis. We do have a couple of big things to worry about—grabbing IRC messages sometimes puts a strangely high load on the CPU, for example, and the search index file sometimes locks up—but we’re getting there.

Here are the details:

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Jean Lalande

Posted by jlalande on 2010/01/14

Hello everyone,

I’m Jean (or John, as you like) and I’ll be working on the Data Center Flight Simulator. I’m a 4th year student in software engineering at Université Laval and that’s my last semester, which is great!

Like several students here, that’ll be my first experience in an open-source project and it’ll certainly be a new challenge for me. The reason I’m here is because I wanted to work on something different for my last school’s project. That should do the job!

My main interests are software architecture, project management and security, but I’m always looking for something new to learn. The last project I’ve been working on was a video game that is using a webcam as a controller. The part about computer vision was really nice to learn and use.

That’s about it See you all this weekend!

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Guillaume Simard

Posted by guisim on 2010/01/13

Hi everyone !

My name is Guillaume Simard ( pronounced ‘ Giiyom ‘ ), I’m currently doing my last semester at Université Laval in Software Engineering ( sounds much better than ‘ Génie Logiciel ‘ .. ! ). These last four years, I’ve worked mostly on web applications and video game development ( a hobby of mine ). I like using Python, which is part of why I chose Basie as my last project for my degree.

I am really looking forward to meeting you during the weekend ! I haven’t had the chance to see Toronto before and meeting fellow developers is always a great experience.

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Marcel Guzman

Posted by marcelguzman on 2010/01/13

Hi all! My name is Marcel Guzman and I’m a 4th year student at SFU. My interests lie in online development of all kinds (from low-level networking to high-level web apps and everything in between!). I also enjoy esoteric languages as well as operating systems.

This semester, I’ll be working on Thunderbird. I’m very interested in Mozilla projects as well as learning how to code desktop apps so I think it will be a great fit for me. I’ve previously worked as a co-op with Electronic Arts (Sports Online) and SAP (Crystal Reports Server), both of which were primarily C++ jobs. When I’m not coding, I enjoy board games, skiing, and as pictured, nomming delicious cake.

Looking forward to the upcoming sprint

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Sylvain Petitclerc

Posted by sylvainpetitclerc on 2010/01/13

Sylvain Petitclerc

Hi everyone,

My name is Sylvain. I’m from the Université Laval, Québec city. This is my last miles to graduate as a software engineer. I will work on Data Center Flight Simulator for this semester. I think that UCOSP will be a great experience to live. I’m really interested to learn and ready to solve problems.

I’m excited to see everyone this week end in Toronto.

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Denis Lila

Posted by Denis on 2010/01/12


My name is Denis. I’m a third year computer science (AI) at the University of Toronto. I will be working with the Mercurial team.

I chose the Mercurial project because I didn’t want to be involved in any academia-related projects, and I wanted to work on something with a large number of users. Also, C and python are my favourite languages, and it is sponsored by Fog Creek Software, which seems like a great company, so it would be nice to get on their good side.

As far as programming experience goes, I don’t have much outside of school related things. Pertaining to school, the best non math course I’ve taken so far is, without a doubt, Operating Systems. Currently, my most interesting courses (other than this) are natural language processing, intro. to AI, and intro. to visual computing.

I’m looking forward to the sprint this weekend.

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Henry Chow

Posted by Henry on 2010/01/11

Hey all! My name is Henry. I’m a 4th year computer science student at the University of British Columbia. I am also minoring in Commerce. My interests lies in the e-commerce field, such as creating bank applications and websites. I have a good knowledge in Java, SQL, VBA and HTML. I have worked at MDA, Nokia, Quartz Imaging, and HSBC in my previous co-op job placements. I look forward to meeting all of you!

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Joseph Mate

Posted by Joseph on 2010/01/10

Hey everyone,

Joseph Mate

Joseph Mate

My name is Joseph. I am in 3B Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and will be working with MarkUs this term. I have not worked an open source project before; however, I am eager to start. I have lots of experience with Java from school and work. I have a little experience with C#, Python and Unix Shell Programming. I recently started playing around with Ruby and this term will be an excellent opportunity to extend what I already know. On my free time, I work on a flashcard application for my desktop and android to help me learn vocabulary in other languages. It’s extremely convenient when I am on the go.

My interests outside of Computer Science include: Indoor Rock Climbing, Judo, and Languages ( Hungarian, Spanish and Mandarin ).



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Miles Billsman

Posted by Miles Billsman on 2010/01/08

Hello there, I’m Miles and I’ll be working on Eclipse IDE for Education project. I’m looking forward to learning about working on open-source projects and the Eclipse GUI framework.

… I feel like I’m writing a dating profile – “I like moonlit walks on the beach and death metal bands that dress up like goblins.” …

I’m a 4th year student at University of Toronto so I’ll be graduating and getting a jobby-job shortly. I’m interested in HCI, artificial intelligence and computer graphics. I did a project course for something called PySpection this summer. It is a visual debugger for Python aimed at first year students.

In a previous life before returning to school I was a graphic designer doing packaging for beer, cigarettes and pharmaceuticals among other things. If there was a way that packaging could encourage you to enter a downward spiral, we were there. So if you need something to look good let me know, I may be able to help.

Cheers, Miles

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Fatima-Zohra Cherkaoui

Posted by cherkf on 2010/01/07

Hello Everyone,

My name is Fatima-Zohra Cherkaoui, I’m a junior (3rd year) from Minnesota State University, majoring in Software engineering. I will be working on the Pony-Build project for the upcoming semester.

I’m very excited to take part in this open-source project which will be for sure an inspiring learning experience.

So far, I have been using mostly C-related languages C++ and Java, but I have lately learned a functional language “Scala” (used in Twitter) and “Boo” (a Python-like language) which has given me the chance to broaden my view on programming from the traditional imperative style to the functional one. I’m passionate about new technologies and enjoy particularly software design and solving challenging problems.

I think that the UCOSP is an excellent initiative and can’t wait to meet you all 😉

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