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Re: Question about GSoC Application
From: Fyodor <fyodor () insecure org>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:22:06 -0700

On Sun, Mar 27, 2011 at 10:12:48PM +0100, Nick Nikolaou wrote:
Hello everyone,

I was going through the application template and I was wondering to which
extend does that project proposal question (expected timeline,milestones)
apply to NSE script developers.

From my point of view, the objective would be to research and implement as
many useful scripts as time allows. Are there any scripts that you consider
milestones and/or any specific deadline requirements?

That is true--we don't expect an exact list of scripts you plan to
complete during the summer.  Instead, the NSE group will probably meet
every week on IRC and discuss the highest priorities and who would be
best to handle them.

Since we won't be judging precise proposals of exactly what scripts
will be written, we'll look for other evidence in the application that
you are likely to do a good job.  Examples include (you're not
expected to meet all of these):

o We will favor students with previous coding experience where they
  proved the were capable, creative, and self-motivated.  Recent jobs
  or summers of code (with Nmap or other organizations) are good
  examples of this.  We often check references (e.g. if one of the top
  contenders did Summer of Code last year with another project, we'll at
  least try to reach their mentor for a better idea of how they

o Students who have done Nmap development (or even development for
  other open source projects that they can point to) have a big leg
  up.  For example, someone who has already written an NSE script and
  sent it to nmap-dev will have a big advantage (assuming the script
  is well written).  After all, they've proven self-motivation and
  have also given us an easy way to evaluate their work.

o Students who take the time to create a well-written proposal which
  shows off their talents and also demonstrates strong knowledge of the
  relevant topics for their proposed project (e.g. Nmap, NSE,
  security, LUA, etc.)

I hope this helps, and we're looking forward to your application!

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