Google has announced the list of projects that were accepted into the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2014 program. I'm extremely excited and proud to announce that Rails has been granted eight project slots this year. Here's what our students will be working on this summer and the mentors that they are working with:
Unifying controller and integration tests
Long-running Ruby and Rails benchmark
Bert Chang will be creating a set of long-running benchmarks for Ruby and Rails. This will help both projects continuously monitor how their commits are impacting real-world performance, which will help discover and respond to regressions much earlier in the development cycle.
He will be mentored by Damien Mathieu, a longtime Rails contributor.
Carlos Antonio da Silva, a member of the Rails core team, will be assisting him along this journey.
Improving compatibility with other Ruby implementations
A web-console in your error page
Last year, Genadi Samokovarov developed a web-based console in his GSoC project. This year, Ryan Dao will continue that effort and integrate the web-console project into the error page you see in development mode.
Refactor URL generation and recognition code
He will be mentored by Andrew White, another member of the Rails core team.
Xuchu Zhang will be picking up the task of improving Rails' security defaults and other related features. This effort would help ensure that Rails remains secure out-of-the-box. Plans include implementing support for the latest security features in modern browsers and auto-expiring cookie jars.
Randomizing the Rails test suite
Rails committer Yves Senn will be assisting him on this project.
Towards a bright future
I don't know about you, but after seeing this list of amazing projects, I am genuinely getting very excited about the bright future for Rails. By the end of this summer, not only would we gain a few great new features, but we are also helping to nurture some new contributors in Rails and the wider OSS community, how great is that!
Finally, we'd like to thank every single student and mentor who participated in the Google Summer of Code selection process. There were many great proposals and we're really excited to be able to work on so many of them this year.
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P.S. If you enjoyed this post, you should also check out GSoC's sister project – the Rails Girls Summer of Code
initiative, where another
seven (Update: 15!) awesome teams will be working on some equally impressive projects in our
ecosystem. Did I mention how incredibly excited I am about this summer?