Joanna Klukowska is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University.
Dr. Klukowska joined the Computer Science Department of NYU as a full time faculty in the fall of 2014. She is teaching undergraduate courses. She is currently working in development of special topics courses in the area of open source tools and image processing.
Stage 1 Activities
Introduction to IRC, Part 1
- How do people interact? - using short messages addressed to the whole group or particular users
- What is the pattern of communication? - short messages that together form a conversation, but sometimes different conversations seem to be mixed up
- Are there any terms that seem to have special meaning? - #topic, #action, #info, #startmeeting, #link, #endmeeting
- Can you make any other observations? - I have never used IRC before. I am curious how it works with many participants covering different topics all at once.
Introduction to IRC, Part 3
I have been observing the GNOME Accessibility Team channel. So far people join and leave, but no discussion.
Anatomy of a FOSS project
Looking at the SugarLabs and the Sahana Eden wikis.
The different teams are working on the same project but the teams differ in which part of the project they are involved in. It seems that different teams require very different set of skills: development of the core of the project vs. development of activities vs. providing documentation (which sadly does not seem to have any contributors).
Trackers or tickets seem to be both the serious bugs (nicely called defects), requests for improvements (called enhancements) and documentation requests. I looked at a few of the enhancements and it is not clear why they are not considered to be minor defects. Both enhancements and defects have a priority level associated with them. The Sahana Eden page provides a grouping of the tickets into tickets specific to the particular products/projects.
The release cycle provides a structures of stages during which teams need to accomplish certain goals. The roadmap of the project is providing the deadlines by which those stages need to be completed. The roadmap also specifies which particular modules are included in the specific release.
FOSS Field Trip, Part1
SourceForge The search for "education" returned 110 pages of results.
Quite Universal Circuit Simulator (QUCS) http://sourceforge.net/projects/qucs/?source=directory is a circuit simulator with a graphical user interface. It is written in C++. It is used by people who need to perform simulations of electrical circuits (engineers, teachers, students). The project is very active on the side of developers (last modifications made on Nov. 1 just a few hours before I looked at it) and users (almost 2600 downloads in the past 7 days). There seem to be two active committers for this project. If I ever teach a course that includes discussion of electrical circuits, I would definitely use this for class demonstrations and recommend it for students' practice.
Ohloh (or Open HUB) and Mifos Mifos is written in Java, XML, PHP, HTML, ... (in order of number of lines of code) and contains over 2.5 million total lines of code. The highest comment ratio goes to Perl developers. There are 161 active contributors to the project. Although my browser does not seem to be able to display their locations on a map, based on the names they are from all around the globe. The project does not seem to be very active in the last year (with average of zero contributors during most of the 2014, exception during April and May with two active contributors).
Blogging Activity, Part 3
Here is my first ever blog: http://joannafoss.wordpress.com/