23rd September, this day marked the end of my internship with GNOME. It is difficult for me to believe that it is over already! It feels like yesterday that I was writing the first blog post and was a little anxious about how this journey would turn out. But it has been amazing, and trust me, the word doesn’t express all the feelings that I have about the whole experience. Let me walk you through it, and let you get the feel of how awesome it’s been :)
So, my project was to develop an Conference management system for GNOME. It is supposed to make the like of conference organizers easy. The system intends to make the process of managing a conference easy by having an easy to use system of managing tasks, paper submission, schedule and also putting this all together in a custom theme. Initially we (me and my mentors) had decided to use wordpress CMS for both the frontend and backend, but eventually we decided to use OSEM(Opensuse event management system) for the backend and stuck to wordpress for the frontend. As of now, I have done my work on developing the theme and integrating the frontend with OSEM. Working on this project helped me learn a lot about WordPress and how easy it can make you life :D . There is like just one function for everything and VOILA ^_^ , and the documentation wordpress provides, its codex, is one of the best documentations I have ever come across. It made working with wordpress very easy for a newbie like me. During the project I not only got to learn about wordpress but also about how to work my way around git as it is an important element in the world of Open Source.
Apart from the project, I got to learn about a lot of new things which other people were working on. I got to meet amazing people, who made me get more in love with open source :) . Getting to know new people not only helps learning new stuff, but also improves one’s confidence!
The internship gave me an insight about how big organisations like GNOME work and how things are handled a little professionally. The internship have me my first experience of having to report to someone about all the work I had done till date! Although my mentors were really cool and didn’t ever pressurize me, but the weekly meetings did get me doing some work ;) . When I was new to the program, I thought it will only be throughout the internship that I’ll work with GNOME, but once I started working, I knew I was going to continue working for the wonderful community of Open source even after this internship :) . The program has been a wonderful experience through and through and is definitely a great initiative towards getting women involved into open source!
Hope the program continues to do what it aims to do. I am obviously going to remain associated with it, hope my journey got you a little interested in this and I got GNOME it’s another fan ( If you were not already :P ) ! :D
Till next post
Adios amigos :)