Summer of Code/Students Guidelines

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Here are some guidelines for students participating in this year's GSoC with ScummVM as their mentoring organisation:

  • Create an account on
  • Register your nick on (it's a good idea for your IRC and nicks to be similar/identical).
  • Ideally stay connected to IRC and in #ScummVM, it is often the quickest way to resolve issues with your mentor or get feedback from the larger team. If you can't stay connected to IRC please review the logs frequently.
  • Subscribe to the scummvm-devel mailing list and briefly introduce yourself to the team. Tell them who you are, what you are going to work on, where your blog is, what your IRC nick is.
  • Read and follow our Code Formatting Conventions.
  • Commit your code as soon as possible, preferably on a daily basis or more often. Our preferred approach to code commits is 'commit early, commit often'. Remember that your code is one of the key project deliverables so the more code we can see the easier it is to judge progress and help ensure that everything goes smoothly.
  • We use Subversion (SVN) as our version management system. Please refer to the online book Version Control with Subversion for instructions on how to use SVN. Please also note that all students will be working of individual branches of ScummVM not our main development code. It's suggested that you use for your branch. It might make it so much easier to do merging later on.
  • Reflect your progress in a weblog. It's fine to reuse your existing weblog, if you have one, with a "ScummVM GSoC" category or so. If you don't have one already, try Blogger, Wordpress (see also, Movable Type, ... Start blogging very soon, even if it's just a "First post" so we can have a definite URL and we can subscribe to it. (BTW, you might want to add it to, too).
  • Create your user page on our Wiki and give a brief overview on what you are working on. However, your weblog is the main place to write about your progress.