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Finished that second year at Artevelde, up next: #oSoc13, Week 2

July 07, 2013

🕰 Feeling nostalgic? This is a post from 2013, which means I was still a student during this time. Most of my posts from this timeframe are related to school or the fiction I was writing. These might not mean much to you.

As the second week of July begins soon, I thought it was about time I updated my site. Let’s start with some good news: I finished my second year at Artevelde University College Ghent in one good go. That means I passed every single exam, which is great news. Grades weren’t shabby, either. Well, I suppose if you put a lot of work in, you really get to see the results.

A little bit about the open Summer of code event

In other news, last week was my first week (of three weeks) at open Summer of code, which was very exciting. I got to work with a bunch of experienced developers, among those a few third year students from Artevelde (actually graduates from this year). It’s a great opportunity, especially because I hadn’t planned on participating. (I didn’t belong to the winning team at Apps for Ghent, as you might remember.) But the opportunity presented itself, so I took it. Sure am glad that I did.

First off, props to Stefaan (@StefChri), Robbe (@anckaertR) and Tom (@Tobmav) for letting me work with them on the project. Here’s a shoutout to you guys! Thanks. Next, also thanks to everyone at oSoc13, which are too many people to mention. I already learned quite a few things, and I’m motivated to keep going. That’s quite an achievement, seeing as I was a little tired of development after three solid months of hard work on school projects. I thought I had seen enough code for these last months, but this is a fresh experience.

We’re going to continue work on our 9K Spotter (check out the webapps page for more up to date information about the project). I won’t spoil all the good stuff, I’ll write a dedicated post about the project itself next week (or a little later, who knows?). I’ll just let you know that the project involves location data, picture uploads, comments, suggestions, and Ghent. Oh yes. And open data, of course. That’s why we are hard at work on an API, and another thing I’ll spoil is an isometric city builder, which is also a part of the app.

All right, that’s me signing off for today. If you want to stay up to date, check out the twitter hashtag #oSoc13, which contains the latest ramblings and going-ons of the three-weeks-long event. You’re also free to come and visit, especially during the presentation of the final product(s), during the third week of July. But more on that later.