Google Summer of Code: ACCEPTED!

GSoC Its ON!

Woot I got accepted to Google Summer of code!

This year I shall be working with GeekLog and AptitudeCMS on a Syndication API.

This also means Summer will be code filled, and I’m back on Planet Soc! Rocking and rolling for another year.

Landon and Robby are also back on the Programmed! Thousand Parsec and OpenMRS Respectivly!

I’m off to work on the Wailers Gig at LUU today so will catch up with you all later!

Media GSoC Proposal Take 2

Its my GSoC Application for Wordpress Take2! Comments Please Have till 1900UTC to change this

MEDIA – Image Handling!



Direct from the Ideas Page:

“We’ll be looking to add things like slideshows, better gallery functions, creating more user settings for media files and templates”

Initially this will need consultation with the community to see what is needed, in terms of user settings.

Core to this however will be working on the ideas from

I envisage most of this project will be taking existing plugins and folding them into core wordpress, as dictated by the Users and Hackers of WordPress.

Recently been interacting with tumblr and I was fascinated by the experiment mat did, posting his tumblr post address, and the ability to upload images this way, so something similar allowing users to post images in comments to blog posts, could be interesting.


Schedule of Deliverables

GSoC is roughly a 13 week period

Week 1 – 2

Research and Information Sourcing, setting up development blogs.

Week 3 – 4

Work on Thumbnailing and the auto generation, within the browser uploader and the flash uploader, I have experience with flash and AS2/3

Week 5 – 7

Image tagging/working with taxonomy, this from to allow tag based galleries, as well as time based galleries.

Week 7 – 10

This block will form the bulk of the project

Gallery Functional, initially:

  • Simple gallery,

  • Date/Time Based Gallery, (images posted from a particular month),

  • Tag based gallery,

This leads to different gallery styles, including work with existing plugins, and their authors, to incorporate their work.

This will need to include making sure the new elements are easily includeable within other themes, easily and efficently.

Week 11 – 12

Currently spare time for code overflow.

Week 13

Documentation and Code Checking/Testing


Open Source Development Experience


I contribute (ir)regularly to phpBB, forum software, both as a “modder”, creating and supporting modifications/extra features and assisting users on the forum with posted problems about there own forum, been very busy at Uni this year, hence irregularly.

Last year for GSoC I was working with PHP, on the now aborted one bug tracker to rule them all.

I have/am in the process of building my own Open Source Content Management System written in PHP, CarlyonCMS.


Work/Internship Experience


Only freelance web development work, on stand alone sites and the Facebook Platform, for Applications.

And of course GSoC last year.

I also volunteer at Leeds Student Radio, I am currently Head of Web Development


Academic Experience


I am currently in my Second Year, studying New Media at the University of Leeds, UK.


Why WordPress?


Basically its difficult to find projects to match my skills set since GSoC tends to have projects that require code to run continuously not single run code like a website.

I nearly applied for WordPress last year, however I came in a little late and applied during the extended application period.



GSoC is an interesting platform, however it can be difficult to find a project, that fits my skill set, I’m not a programming in the sense that one builds a programme to run continuously, but more of a coder who builds websites.

I was the recent winner of the Gary Frisch Bursary for Software in radio, for my Open Source Content Management System, which currently runs the (Leeds Student Radio) website, ( This CMS (Carlyon CMS) I will use to form the basis of the web based Client.

I used to be able to program perl, but of late have not had the chane to practice it so my perl is rusty, I am currently learning Ruby on Rails and Coldfusion as well.

My aim in life is to continue working in the MultiPlatform Radio Environment in the UK, which is pretty much what I do at the moment as a Volunteer at where I am Head of Web Development.

Last year I was involved with the Now Aborted, One Bug Tracker to Rule them all Project over at PHP.

Work Examples:

H3W Problems

So I’m an Administrator/Forum Tech over at Halo 3 Wheelmen we recently had to move servers as the free server we were on, was over loading, and taking resources away from sites hosted on it that paid to be there.

So I’m an Administrator/Forum Tech over at Halo 3 Wheelmen we recently had to move servers as the free server we were on, was over loading, and taking resources away from sites hosted on it that paid to be there.

In part due to the fact that H3W were featued on Bungie Favourites, and in part due to my Shoutbox (IRC Style PHP Driven chat), munching BandWidth.

So we changed servers, now with GoDaddy, same thing just happened, amusingly GoDaddy just CHMOD’ed the file to 000 (and locked it so I can’t change it back) and so it stopped working auto magically.

So for now we are using my dev version shoutbox for over on Katie such fun, gonna have to recode and host of we shall see!

Anywho back to work, GSoC Application(s) to work on.

Google Summer of Code 2009

GSoC 2009 is on, and one needs a Wordpress Blog to apply for Wordpress….

So there I was browsing the Google Summer of Code projets and ideas list.

Decided to checkout wordpress like last year.

Saw the media block of ideas:

Then wandered off (was browsing last monday), it appears one needs a wordpress blog in order to apply for wordpress.

So this is my blog, I’ve had it for a while, just not uploaded it to the live server, GSoC is giving me the kick I need to get it online.

So this post is being created offline, well locally on Katie my Server, soon to be uploaded, here we go…..