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Lazarus Graphics Contests

Qt Center Contest

Website:

http://www.qtcentre.org/contest-

Duration:

The contest starts on April 7, 2008 and lasts until September 30, 2008. Registration closes on May 31, 2008.

The Lazarus Qt Interface

Category:

Demo

Description:

Lazarus is a cross platform Visual Integrated development environment (IDE) which provides Rapid Application Development (RAD) for Pascal and Object Pascal developers. It is developed for and supported by the Free Pascal compiler.

Lazarus offers a cross-platform library called LCL (Lazarus Component Library), with which the IDE and applications developed with Lazarus are built. This library supports using several different widgetset interfaces. For examples, there are LCL interfaces for: Windows API, Windows CE API, Gtk+, Carbon (Mac OS X), Cocoa (Mac OS X), etc.

The project is the development of a LCL Interface for Qt 4, using the Qt4 Pascal bindings developed by Den Jean. With a high quality LCL-Qt interface, the Lazarus IDE is able to run purely on Qt, and any LCL written application can also be recompiled to run over Qt.

Google Summer of Code

Application models

Free Pascal and Lazarus (2008)

1 - What is your Organization's Name?

Free Pascal and Lazarus

2 - What is your Organization's Homepage?

www.freepascal.org

3 - Describe your organization

FPC/Lazarus is the joined effort of two development teams to provide a compiler, class libraries and an IDE to allow the development of Pascal programs on all interesting platforms. Currently we support several architectures (x86, Amd64/x86_64, PowerPC, Sparc and ARM), and several operating systems (Windows, Windows CE, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Mac OS classic, DOS, Win32, OS/2, Netware, MorphOS and others). We, the maintainers of the FreePascal and Lazarus projects would like to apply as a single organization (called FPC/Lazarus) since our projects are very closely related.

FreePascal (http://www.freepascal.org/) develops a 32 and 64 bit professional Pascal compiler and the runtime environment. The FreePascal project is already a very long-running OSS project, it has been developed in 1993 with a first release in 1996 and since then has evolved in a rather large project, already supporting a lot of platforms on several different processor families.

Lazarus (http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org) is both the class libraries for Free Pascal that emulates Delphi and a modern and efficient IDE. Lazarus and Free Pascal strive for the write once compile anywhere philosophy. Since the exact same compiler and class library are available on several platforms, no recoding is necessary to produce identical products for them.

4 - Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2008? What do you hope to gain by participating?

The FreePascal team would like to take this opportunity to extend the compiler and improve its quality even more. A collection of ideas for students working on the FreePascal can be found at http://wiki.freepascal.org/index.php/Open_tasks . Of course we are willing to provide more exact requirements for each particular task if required.

The Lazarus team hopes that this project will allow us to improve our project, add new features, and make it an even better cross-platform development environment. There is a collection of ideas to be implemented here: http://wiki.freepascal.org/Feature_Ideas

7 - What license does your project use?

Both the compiler and IDE are provided under the GPL, while the runtime libraries are provided under the LGPL with the explicit permission for static linking with proprietary software.

8 - URL for your ideas page

http://wiki.freepascal.org/Feature_Ideas

9 - What is the main development mailing list for your organization?

fpc-devel here: http://www.freepascal.org/maillist.var

10 - Where is the main IRC channel for your organization?

#fpc on FreeNode server

About mentors

1 - What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors? Please be as specific as possible.

All the selected individuals have greatly contributed to our projects. For a short example, Florian started the Free Pascal compiler, Paul greatly improved several areas of our GUI library and Almindor works on the FreeBSD port.

Several of the developers have experience with teaching students or work as professional software engineers, so we think that the mentored students will be able to learn a lot about software development besides the experience they can get when participating the Summer of Code.

2 - Who will your mentors be? Please enter their Google Account address separated by commas. If your organization is accepted we will email each mentor to invite them to take part. (optional)

almindor at gmail.com, paul.ishenin at gmail.com, florian.klaempfl at gmail.com

About the program:

1 - What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?

We hope to have a good enough selection so that our students won't disappear.

2- What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?

All mentors have worked for many years with Free Pascal and/or Lazarus. If, nevertheless, any of them disappear, we have many competent people on our project, and we can nominate a new mentor.

3 - What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?

We expect students to interact with the project's community by participating on our mailing list. We hope that the Summer of Code will be a very positive experience for them, which would drive continued participation even after the end of this year's Summer of Code.

4 - What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with the project after GSoC concludes?

We consider that developing relevant software with FPC and Lazarus is the best way to encourage people to stick to the project once Summer of Code ends, because that leads to a natural desire of improving the tools you use, and we will encourage our students to do so.

Virtual Magnifying Glass (2008)

1 - What is your Organization's Name?

Virtual Magnifying Glass

2 - What is your Organization's Homepage?

http://magnifier.sourceforge.net/

3 - Describe your organization

Virtual Magnifying Glass is designed for visually-impaired and others who need to magnify a part of the screen. Unlike most similar programs it does not open a separate window for the magnification but instead puts a movable magnifying glass on screen.

With more then 100.000 downloads per year, the Virtual Magnifying Glass is a widely used software which greatly helps visually-impaired and others to use the computer.

4 - Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2008? What do you hope to gain by participating?

We have a mission of offering the best magnification tool possible for everyone, but some difficulties like the lack of resources is holding the progress of the some features like the Dynamic Mode and the improvement of the support for Unixes, PDAs and other platforms. So we decided to apply to participate in Google Summer of Code in the hope of gaining the necessary resources to improve this software even further.

7 - What license does your project use?

GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 2, June 1991

8 - URL for your ideas page

http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=60638&atid=494774

9 - What is the main development mailing list for your organization?

We don't use a mailing list, but rather a forum: http://sourceforge.net/forum/?group_id=60638

10 - Where is the main IRC channel for your organization?

We don't use IRC.


About mentors

1 - What criteria did you use to select these individuals as mentors? Please be as specific as possible.

All selected individuals have greatly contribute for the Virtual Magnifying Glass in the past.

About the program:

1 - What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?

We hope to have a good enough selection so that our students won't disappear.

2- What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?

In the event of a disappearing mentor, we can call more people from our project to assume the position.

3 - What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?

We will expect students to participate on our forums and read the bug tracker as a way to interact with the community.

4 - What will you do to ensure that your accepted students stick with the project after GSoC concludes?

We believe that continued work on the project will come naturally due to it's noble objective of improving the quality of life of the visually impaired. Other factors that would influence that are if the student uses the glass personally, or knows personally people that do, or if he develops scientific research based on it.


Lazarus and Free Pascal (2012)

1 - Organization name

Lazarus and Free Pascal

2 - Organization description

FreePascal (http://www.freepascal.org/) develops a 32 and 64 bit professional Pascal compiler and the runtime environment. The FreePascal project is already a very long-running OSS project, it has been developed since 1993 with a first release in 1996 and since then has evolved in a rather large project, already supporting a lot of platforms (Android, iOS, PlayStation Portable, Windows, Windows CE, Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Mac OS classic, DOS, Win32, OS/2, Netware, MorphOS and others) on several different processor families (x86, Amd64/x86_64, PowerPC, Sparc and ARM).

Lazarus (http://www.lazarus.freepascal.org) is is a modern and efficient IDE which comes with powerful code completion features and a form designer for the Lazarus Component Library, which is a cross-platform GUI toolkit which supports Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Android, MeeGo, Windows CE and other platforms. Many popular applications are written in Lazarus, such as Double Commander, PeaZip, LazPaint the Virtual Magnifying Glass.

Lazarus and Free Pascal strive for the write once compile anywhere philosophy. As the exact same compiler and class library are available on several platforms, no recoding is necessary to produce identical products for them. Since our projects are very closely related and interdependent we would like to apply as a single mentoring organization.

3 - Organization home page url*

www.lazarus.freepascal.org

4 - What is the URL for your Ideas page?

http://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/Projects_for_the_Google_Summer_of_Code

5 - URL for your ideas page

http://wiki.freepascal.org/Feature_Ideas

6 - What is the main development mailing list for your organization?

fpc-devel here: http://www.freepascal.org/maillist.var

7 - Where is the main IRC channel for your organization?

#lazarus-ide and #fpc on FreeNode server

8 - Why is your organization applying to participate in Google Summer of Code 2012? What do you hope to gain by participating?

In Lazarus and Free Pascal we are working very hard to push forward our incredible set of Pascal development tools, but even while dozens of core contributors and hundreds of minor ones work very hard in our free times, some sponsoring would help us a lot. It would help us get some much necessary task moving forwards and will also help us be more recognized and in contact with the wider free software community.

9 - Did your organization participate in past Google Summer of Codes? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and challenges of your participation.

No.

10 - If your organization has not previously participated in Google Summer of Code, have you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?

We applyed in 2008 and 2009 but our application was rejected without any reason given.

11 - Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now.

http://wiki.lazarus.freepascal.org/Google_Summer_of_Code_Application_Template

12 - What criteria did you use to select your mentors for this year's program? Please be as specific as possible.

All the selected individuals have greatly contributed to our projects.

For a short example, Florian started the Free Pascal compiler and Paul and Felipe greatly improved several areas of our GUI library.

Several of the developers have experience with teaching students or work as professional software engineers, so we think that the mentored students will be able to learn a lot about software development besides the experience they can get when participating the Summer of Code.

13 - What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?

We will select backup students which can take the spot.

14 - What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?

All mentors have worked for many years with Free Pascal and/or Lazarus and it is extremely unlikely that they will disappear. If, nevertheless, any of them disappear, we have many competent people on our project, and we can nominate a new mentor.

15 - What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?

We will select students which enjoy programming in Pascal, enjoy writting free software and have free time to help us beyond the duration of the program. We expect students to interact with the project's community by participating on our mailing list. We hope that the Summer of Code will be a very positive experience for them, which would drive continued participation even after the end of this year's Summer of Code.

Lazarus and Free Pascal (2015)

Most question fields were the same as for 2012.

10 - If your organization has not previously participated in Google Summer of Code, have you applied in the past? If so, for what year(s)?

We applyed in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Reason for rejection:

"Specifically, we rejected you because your Ideas page was thin compared with a number of other orgs. It inluded a lot of ideas which is good, but other orgs provided more detailed information for students."

Note:

2 Administrators were necessary for applying!!! Mischi was the second one.

Google Summer of Code 2011

Page for ideas to be implemented in the Google Summer of Code: Projects for the Google Summer of Code

External Links

Défi Pascal/Delphi 2015-2016

Subject of this programming contest is development of tools and utilities for Pascal programmers. Examples are context menus, editor plugins, documentation databases etc. Participants agree that their software is published along with source code at pascal.developpez.com. Registration is required, the language of the site is French.