wiki:WorkOutIdeas

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Introduction

A "Work Out" is an intense period of work either focused around specific tasks or a specific event where a number of Sahanians are together (eg. a FOSS Conference). Perhaps we can call them "Sahanathons".
(Feel free to modify this definition)

Format

They could either be held in a physical location with a group of Sahanian, or virtually (perhaps over the period of a week), or a combination of both.

Proposed Virtual Schedule

Pre-Sahanathon:

  • Prepare a task list
  • Gather a list of interested people

Day 1

  • IRC Chat. Introductions, Q&A and Task Allocation

Daily

  • Have a roster for providing help on IRC
  • Report back on Achievements, Commits, Problems by email
  • Scheduled IRC meeting
  • Daily Prize for best achievement(virtual/physical?)

Wrap Up

  • Summarize Achievements
  • Prize Giving
    • Most task completely
    • Best New Sahanian
    • Comminuty Spirit Award
    • Longest Continual Coding (no to encourage sleep deprivation)
    • Overall
  • Lessons Learnt
  • Task for next time

Proposed Work Outs

Any of these could potentially be merged...

Spring Clean

There seem to be a number of things which we could do to make the code more "beautiful", easier to read and easier to work with. This could be a good opportunity for people new to the code to get a deeper understanding of how it all works, while the more experienced can offer advise + checking).
These ideas are just proposals...

  • Getting rid of the database reserved keyword warnings
  • Replaced repeated code with functions (or document existing code)
    • A pop-up wrapper
    • Auto-complete widget
    • Easily generated tables to insert into pages
    • shn_get_db_field_value
    • shn_crud_strings
    • Function for generating Graphs
  • Standardized coding conventions (variable/field/function Naming, Indents, " vs ')
  • Moving imported data out of code and into csv/xml files
  • moving standard variable definitions (truncate = 16) into a configuration file, using #defs
  • Adding header information to all code files
  • Wrapping code lines so that they are readable on a single page
  • Documenting functions and response.s3 variables
  • Ensure that all cross module functionality (SMS, GIS, Email) have easily accessible, easily integrated functions, API even?
  • "Organisation" vs "Organization" - OK, I speak the Queen's English too, but after working for an American "Organization", I now get confused - can we just change it to "Org" in the code?
  • Standardize the location of code (what code should go into M,V and C..). This could include embedding JS in the controllers to pass it to the View.
  • Extend the Restful Controller to automatically generate: Search Reports, Printable Forms, Printable Reports.
  • Avoid necessity of numeric prefixes for models by using #include in the correct order (is this possible?)
  • Graceful degrading of JS
  • "tooltip" class shouldn't be specific to help. Perhaps we need a more specific help_tooltip class? What is the distinction between tooltip and ajaxtip
  • create a CSS master document , describing the various classes, and where they are used

Learning the Framework

Especially for GSOC Students and Mentors

  • Using BZR
  • REST Controller
  • GIS

This could also be a good opportunity to improve some of the documentation. Doing it while teaching the framework, identifying gaps and filling them.

GSOC Student Selection

  • Some sort of workout to gauge the skills and interests of students
  • Could be combined with either of the top 2 workouts
  • Student applications must be completed by 9 April, the organization must select students by 21st April. A good time for the workout could be the week of the 12th - 18th of April
  • Developing a volunteer management module

Interested Sahanians

Michael Howden

Skills

  • Python (Intermediate)
  • HTML(Intermediate)
  • JS (Intermediate)
  • CSS (Beginner)
  • SQL (Intermediate)
  • Cooking Dal (advanced)
  • Mixing Cocktails (entirely subjective!)

Available

13th - 18th April
Limited availability during the rest of April.
8th May onwards.

Working UTC: 0100 - 1700

Interested in…

  • Coordination
  • Anything which no one else wants to do
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