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About you

  1. What is your name?

Lucian Branescu Mihaila

  1. What is your email address?

lucian dot branescu at gmail dot com

  1. What is your Sugar Labs wiki username?


  1. What is your IRC nickname?

lucian1900 or sindbad1900

  1. What is your primary language? (We have mentors who speak multiple languages and can match you with one of them if you'd prefer.)

English. My native tongue is Romanian, but my english is good enough.

  1. Where are you located, and what hours do you tend to work? (We also try to match mentors by general time zone if possible.)

Mostly in the UK, perhaps sometimes in Romania during the summer break.

  1. Have you participated in an open-source project before? If so, please send us URLs to your profile pages for those projects, or some other demonstration of the work that you have done in open-source. If not, why do you want to work on an open-source project this summer?

I've started a small project on freshmeat called statusPidgin that fetched text from various sources and put it in the status of Pidgin. It's now abandoned, but you can find the source at http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Communications/Chat/statusPidgin-31896.shtml
I have also released on of my school projects as open source (a small web imap/pop3 client), but I don't think it's hosted anywhere anymore. It used to be hosted and deployed on my home web server, but that's offline now. I haven't contributed in a significant way to open source projects before, beside bug reports and small patches.
I am however a user of open source (linux, KDE, gcc, python, firefox, webkit) and am absolutely delighted by the concept. I am convinced it is the most efficient way of developing software, and perhaps not only.
I am especially interested in the Sugar project, as I have myself experienced the closed-mindedness that schools instill in their students by teaching them using closed source software. I have been fortunate enough to get some exposure to linux and kde and then used them for a few years.

About your project

  1. What is the name of your project?

Webified Toolkit

  1. Describe your project in 10-20 sentences. What are you making? Who are you making it for, and why do they need it? What technologies (programming languages, etc.) will you be using?

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide a way to build activities with web technologies and also to more easily "sugarify" web apps (like gmail). There are a lot of developers that are familiar with HTML(5), CSS and JavaScript and it would be great to take advantage of their skills. Also, some things that are hard to do with native GUI toolkits are very easy to do with HTML, like nicely re-flowing text or embedding video/audio/pdf/flash. Pyjamas Desktop (pyjd.org) was created to take advantage of this.
Furthermore, integration of web applications with the desktop is a very useful (and popular) thing to do. Gears, AIR, Prism, HTML 5 and various combinations between them extend the browser with desktop-like abilities: persistent storage, accessing files, desktop icons, running in a separate window/process, etc.
Besides JavaScript, Python will be needed to communicate with the rest of Sugar. This will probably be most easily achieved with a python server taking AJAX requests (including the dbus bindings).

  1. What is the timeline for development of your project? The Summer of Code work period is 7 weeks long, May 23 - August 10; tell us what you will be working on each week. (As the summer goes on, you and your mentor will adjust your schedule, but it's good to have a plan at the beginning so you have an idea of where you're headed.) Note that you should probably plan to have something "working and 90% done" by the midterm evaluation (July 6-13); the last steps always take longer than you think, and we will consider cancelling projects which are not mostly working by then.
  2. Convince us, in 5-15 sentences, that you will be able to successfully complete your project in the timeline you have described. This is usually where people describe their past experiences, credentials, prior projects, schoolwork, and that sort of thing, but be creative. Link to prior work or other resources as relevant.

You and the community

  1. If your project is successfully completed, what will its impact be on the Sugar Labs community? Give 3 answers, each 1-3 paragraphs in length. The first one should be yours. The other two should be answers from members of the Sugar Labs community, at least one of whom should be a Sugar Labs GSoC mentor. Provide email contact information for non-GSoC mentors.
  2. Sugar Labs will be working to set up a small (5-30 unit) Sugar pilot near each student project that is accepted to GSoC so that you can immediately see how your work affects children in a deployment. We will make arrangements to either supply or find all the equipment needed. Do you have any ideas on where you would like your deployment to be, who you would like to be involved, and how we can help you and the community in your area begin it?
  3. What will you do if you get stuck on your project and your mentor isn't around?

Ask other mentors and GSoC students or developers of related open source software.

  1. How do you propose you will be keeping the community informed of your progress and any problems or questions you might have over the course of the project?

In the worst case emails to my mentor and commits. Maybe I'll set up a blog and use that.


An example of the kind of screenshot of your first modification to your development environment which you should include in your application. Note that the drop-down menu text has Mel's email address in place of the word "Restart" - your screenshot should contain your email instead.
  1. We want to make sure that you can set up a development environment before the summer starts. Please send us a link to a screenshot of your Sugar development environment with the following modification: when you hover over the XO-person icon in the middle of Home view, the drop-down text should have your email in place of "Restart." See the image on the right for an example. It's normal to need assistance with this, so please visit our IRC channel, #sugar on irc.freenode.net, and ask for help.
  2. What is your t-shirt size? (Yes, we know Google asks for this already; humor us.)


  1. Describe a great learning experience you had as a child.
  2. Is there anything else we should have asked you or anything else that we should know that might make us like you or your project more?