I just uploaded to Google Code the source code of Picasa2Coppermine. This makes it possible to add a button in Picasa that when clicked will upload selected files into a Coppermine Photo Gallery running version 1.5. CPG 1.5 has not been officially released yet, so it is only available via subversion checkout.
The ability to import from Picasa to Coppermine is a frequent request and something that I personally really wanted to be able to do. I am excited to have been able to accomplish the basics of the task. However, there is still a lot remaining to be done to make this even better. If you are brave and tech-savvy enough to run a test installation of CPG 1.5 before it is released, and also use Picasa, I would appreciate that you try this out. Code contributions would be greatly appreciated.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
For the second year in a row, Google accepted Coppermine to be a mentor organization in Google Summer of Code. Yay!
I am again going to be an organization administrator to coordinate Coppermine’s participation in the program. The student that I mentored last year not only continued to work with Coppermine, but signed up to be a mentor and organization administrator this year.
I decided to make use of Google Sites to have one place where interested students can learn about working with Coppermine in GSoC. There is a thread in Coppermine forums to post public questions about Coppermine in GSoC. For non-public GSoC correspondence, there is an email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The email address is specifically for Google Summer of Code communications and isn’t necessarily going to forward only to me (that means no love letters! :D). For anything else, please use the other means of communication.
Yay! I will be going to Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit where I will get to meet some of the mentors and organization administrators of GSoC. What I look forward to in particular is meeting open source developers from other teams, and around the world. The only bummer is that I am the only one from Coppermine who can attend because the other mentors have visa and passport issues. I was really looking forward to the opportunity to meet my team members, whom I have only interacted with over the internet.
The summit will be this Saturday, October 6. People will be flying in the day(s) before, so we’re planning a group dinner on Friday. Since I am a “local” I volunteered to make the reservations as well as research restaurants and transportation. The scary part is finding a restaurant that will accept such a big group on a Friday night, as well as finding transportation for people who aren’t all going to have cars. The restaurant selection is even dependent on transportation in case we have to take the bus.
The hotel where the attendees will be staying is not too far from where I live so I’m also going to attend the after party after the summit on Saturday. I have volunteered to bring my Wii if anyone is willing to host the Wii party in their room.
The 2007 edition of Google Summer of Code has come to an close. I’m happy to write that each of the four students who worked with Coppermine Photo Gallery have passed. Many thanks to the students for the work on improving Coppermine and hopefully it’s the beginning of not just their work with Coppermine but with open source software development. If you’re interested, there is a page that will host the students’ code samples. The code is also in the Coppermine subversion repository in a separate trunk. We are going to work on merging the students work into the main trunk as appropriate.
Huge thanks to Google and Google Summer of Code team for giving open source projects/organizations a chance to get some paid help and the opportunity to help strengthen the future of open source software development by mentoring its future leaders and developers. The staff has been really awesome at pulling off a project that encompasses individuals from around the world. As a Coppermine dev team member and Googler I know firsthand how challenging it could be at times to coordinate with team members around the world with different timezones. The GSoC team does it at a larger scale with multiple teams.
I’m now looking forward to getting the t-shirt and planning to wear it with pride.
rphMedia over at the Coppermine forums has offered a mod called Image Scroller – based on iTunes. It looks so cool that I couldn’t help but implementing it at my Take Thu gallery and my blog (at the bottom of the blog’s homepage).
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