Popular open source content management system Joomla announced yesterday that it will participate in the Google Summer of Code program, in which eight students will work on individual projects that may be used by Joomla.
Google Summer of Code is a worldwide program that pays post-secondary student developers stipends of $5000 to write code for various open source software projects.
Joomla hosting is offered by countless web hosting providers, in addition to one-click Joomla installs through app stores. If the code the students create at the Google Summer of Code is accepted, the Joomla CMS may see some new features soon.
According to Joomla, the projects students will work on for the Google Summer of Code include creating Facebook, Google services, and MediaWiki APIs, as well as multi-language options for installation.
There are 1,212 students participating in the program this year, from 69 different countries. The students who will be working on Joomla projects are from Brazil, France, Romania, Sri Lanka, and the U.S.
“We’re excited to see what kind of code these students come up with, but we’re equally as excited to have these students join the Joomla community,” said Elin Waring of the Joomla Production Working Group who is co-administering the Google Summer of Code projects. “The end goal with Joomla developers is all about creating code that millions of people use, but it is the interaction and sharing of ideas in our community that makes Joomla tick.”
The coding period begins on May 21 and will run through Aug. 24. Students will present their projects to the Joomla community in mid-August and find out if their code is accepted on Aug. 24.
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