GSoC 2014 Week 3 Update

Hello everyone! Week 3 of Google Summer of Code began today and @surangak and I hope your projects are all going along nicely.

:watch: Believe it or not, there are only 3 weeks until mid-term evaluations!

Here are 5 things to think about as you continue working on your projects over the next few weeks:

  1. Keep up the good work writing 1 or more blog posts each week. In your blog posts, share how you’ve overcome some challenges that week, and some of the ways in which you’ve interacted with the OpenMRS community that week. (IRC, mailing lists, Talk, design meetings, etc.)
  2. Be honest in your weekly reviews if you’re worried about any progress of your project, or have any concerns about how you’re interacting with your mentor. You should have a scheduled time each week in which you communicate real-time with your mentor.
  3. Remember that the role of your mentor is to help you use the project/community to solve problems, not to always answer questions or solve problems for you. A key experience when working on open source projects is learning how to use the work of others to help solve your problems.
  4. Make an effort to interact with someone else in the community at least once each week. This could be attending design meetings to share ideas or give feedback, helping answer questions on a mailing list, or voting/answering questions on OpenMRS Answers. These experiences make great stories to post on your blog!
  5. Be sure you’re committing your code early and often to GitHub. You don’t need to commit after every line! But you should commit after every logical task you complete, and at the end of each day.

:family: What other tips do you have to share with other students and other community members? Post them here so we can learn from each other. Keep up the good work!