Coding Period Begins – Bugspad

Now I am into the coding period, the plan of the first week is to have a bug creation page, alongwith a page for displaying them. Have decided on the fields to be required, lets see what all changes need to be done to the basic code layout, that I planned in the community bonding period! #excited


Bugspad – GSoC 2014

Feels great, having given the opportunity to work as a part of The Fedora Project, my favorite linux distro. I would be implementing a UI from scratch for the current bugspad application created by Kushal Das, who would be mentoring me. I would be using the golang web framework, itself to implement this. Upon discussing with my mentor, we agreed that using a framework for golang like revel, gorilla, would only make it slower, and therefore unfulfilling the very purpose of bugspad, to be a fast and efficient bug tracking system. So, basically I would be redoing bugzilla, using advanced technologies, and keeping in mind performance 😀 . Expecting a great summer ahead! #fedora, #summer

Geany IDE – A Nice Read Indeed

Well it was a good read I must say. It explained all the features which allures me to use geany, instead of any other code
editor. While reading I also got to know about 1-2 features about which was unknown to me. Summing it up, it is a nice
introduction to anyone who does not know or even heard about geany, using salient illustrations and screenshots. Nice
Work! Loved the experience of reading a book written on a product to which I am addicted.

Font Compare and Future

I am planning to make this testing app more font-dev useful. For that I am wanting to research on the underlying methods which forms the basis of generating the scores. Anyone who has experience in making Indic Fonts and making it more beautiful, please do test my app, and give feedbacks on the methods used.

End term assessment report (Past Mid term)

August 3 – August 9 : Addition of the methods to check consistency of basic GSUB methods for Basic Shaping Forms and Discretionary Presentation forms.

Added the support which renders a text by taking input from a text file and compares the bitmaps of the rendered text thus generated and generates the scores based on the similarity. To achieve this I have made use of the hb-view utility supplied by the harfbuzz rendering engine, as it is very easy to use and efficient.

August 10 – August 15 : Thorough testing of the script. Check whether the script can differentiate between any two fonts of the same script and resolve any discrepancy if any between the actual and expected results.

Tested my script, though the time taken for test using the hb-view utility is a bit more (1-2 minutes) compared to the time taken in other tests, but it is good to do for a start.

August 16 – September 1 : Documenting of the entire code, to enable other developers extend this by class inheritance for fonts of other scripts. Making the code look neater and ordered to enhance readability of the code.

I documented the methods used in our application, explaining what each score means, and also how to generate your own mockfont objects and use them in the application using script.

September 2 – September 16 : Backup time for unexpected and unforeseen delays.

Though not strictly required by the GSoC, I had the privilege of meeting my mentor Shreyank Gupta and the Org Admin Sankarshan da, and it was a really awesome experience which not all gsoc candidates get. I had the unique opportunity to discuss the scope of this application, also stating them how important the feedbacks from a real Indic font developer would be, for it is for them that this application is for. Also I discussed with them the possibility of expanding the standards from one to many by making use of the CDAC fonts, which can currently be done by making use of the script. Once I get the feedback from the font devs, I would be adding them permanently into my app (post GSoC).

P.S. Overall it has been a great and wonderful experience, and my mentor has been really helpful throughout my term, bearing with my mostly silly and naive doubts. Thanks a lot to Sankarshan da for
strictly monitoring my progress and giving vital feedbacks which were really crucial.

In search of reviews

The GSOC end-term deadline is nearing, and I have completed my set goals of implementing the planned testing features. I am in search of reviews from the developers of Indic fonts, so I really get to know points to improve upon (post GSOC). I am busy with documenting the application, as of now and any reviews on the application would be much welcome and appreciated!