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GSoC 2015 - In a nutshell

GSoC 2015 - In a nutshell

I got the opportunity this summer(well it summer all year in Sri Lanka) to take part in Google Summer of Code. My project was to implement the User Managed Access 1.0 specification for WSO2 Identity Server. Though I wanted to blog about the project as the project went along, I did really make it a reality. They say it's never too late to share some experience.

First of all I need to thank my mentors Johann Nallathamby and Prabath Siriwardena for their absolute support to make this project a reality. Johann in particular has been helpful all the way bearing my late night calls and chats to clarify and provide feedback. The overall experience of participating in GSoC was simply "awesome".

Its my first considerable contribution to an open source project. And the experience gathered during the past three months have been priceless. There were sleepless nights where i could not get things to work missing out on trivial things, other days where i notched up hard things in no time. I learned to steer a project through all these phases effectively. Most importantly i learnt to improve myself each day.

Feedback is the key to doing something right. I was sincere in troubling my mentors for feedback and luckily for me they enjoyed it too. I was an intern at WSO2, therefore i did setting up and rolling on with the project. It took me sometime to get started with the final year starting to heat up at the uni. But once it kick started it really took off.

The most highlighting part of this whole thing was that i got to meet lot of people, offline... of course. But it was amazing to see how helpful people were(I know that feel bro...). I mean it was fun to discuss things with people who shared similar interests as you and of course with completely opposite views as well. Anyways I would say it was one of those awesome things you do without you actually realizing it.

As for the details of my project and it implementation, I hope to write some posts very soon(hopefully). Sorry for the typos - I really typed this up in a hurry to savour the moment.  


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