What is GSOC? Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for open source projects. We have worked with the open source community to identify and fund exciting projects for the upcoming summer. (source: https://www.google-melange.com/gsoc/homepage/google/gsoc2015)
I’ve currently been in touch with coala for a few weeks. It’s been one of my best professional experiences so far. They’re amazing people, helped me a lot during my trial, while trying to get some of my first experiences with the open source world.
Right now i’m trying so hard to get my applications right. It seems that they are counting a lot on GREAT applications. I think this is my most important step in this process right now.
It took me a lot of time to find the right organization for me, been to a lot so far and they were either cold or just unhelping. But here, I received help from the first question until my last. It has been a bit over a week from my first contribution, when i was struggling with typos, until they gave me write rights. A few days later, I started writing Tutorials for them (see http://coala.readthedocs.org/en/latest/Getting_Involved/Newcomers.html and http://coala.readthedocs.org/en/latest/Users/Tutorials/Git_Help.html), just to give back to this organization what it gave me at start: help. Now I am doing it all out of pleasure, the pleasure to develop professionally while loving what you do.