GSoC Android proposal

John Ralls jralls at
Fri Apr 6 12:55:21 EDT 2012

On Apr 6, 2012, at 8:12 AM, Wm Tarr wrote:

> On 2012-04-06 15:49, John Ralls wrote:
>> There's no requirement that the contribution be related to the student's proposal -- but Ngewi, if you don't know C or Scheme well enough to fix a bug, we need to figure out something else that you can do. The more folks involved in brainstorming that, the better. 
> I find this assertion disturbing.  Scheme is odd, C as implemented in GnuCash is odd.  Are the applicants not allowed to normalise interfaces, for example?
> Remote devices aren't my interest, interfaces I am interested in.
> I'm feeling mildly pissed off because some people clearly want to code and are being put down.  I don't say the monster mods are bullies as such but I do think ideas should be allowed without reversion to the put down of "make a patch", etc :(

What's disturbing about saying that he needs to be fluent in the languages in which Gnucash is written in order to be able to quickly write a patch to Gnucash? What is "normalizing an interface", how would he do so for Gnucash in something other than C or Scheme, and if that's feasible, how does it fall outside of "figure out something else [he] can do"?

Nobody is being "put down". We're trying to find a way for a prospective student to meet Gnome's requirements for getting a GSoC slot. If you have a constructive suggestion, please offer it in enough detail that Ngewi can act on it.

John Ralls

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