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Welcome to GSoC 2019



As you may have noticed a few days ago, you have received an email from
Google that you have been accepted as part of Google Summer of Code.
Congratulations on the effort to learn about the program, get involved
and submit succesful proposals.

The fun part begins now!

If you have not done so already, please reach out to your mentor and
seek further advice about your project. Each one of your projects can
be implemented in multiple ways, some more complex than others. I
strongly advise you to create a concrete plan based off of your
proposal with your mentor and aim to stick to it. Your mentor can guide
you to ensure you have a succesful GSoC.

Remember that you are here to learn about Open Source, what it means to
be part of an Open Source community, to interact with the community,
all while becoming better programmers. Please take advantage of this
opportunity and keep your technical discussions public, on Zulip 
https://mariadb.zulipchat.com, and on our developer mailing list 
https://launchpad.net/~maria-developers. By keeping your discussions
public, you get the benefit of not only having your mentor see your
questions but all of the MariaDB community. You never know when someone
might lend a hand in case your mentor is not yet online. :)

The mantra of our community should be that we are always welcoming to
new people. Do not be afraid to ask questions. There are no bad or
stupid or silly questions. The only key requirement is that you first
make an effort to find the answer yourself and only afterwards seek
outside help. If you can show a bit of involvement, the community will
show you the same.

I recommend that you agree with your mentor on some form of weekly
progress reporting, via either a blog-post, an email, or something
similar that can be publicly shared.

Hope all of you will have a great GSoC!

MariaDB Foundation GSoC 2019 Admin