The widely used open-source content management system (CMS)
Joomla will be participating in the Google Summer
of Code program to allow students 18 and older to contribute to the company’s
Google Summer of Code is an international program that gives
students stipends (up to $5,000) to write code for open-source projects.
Eight different students will each be working on a separate
project, and when they’re finished their work will be considered by Joomla for inclusion
in its platform. Among the assignments are creating APIs for integrating Facebook
and Google services onto a Joomla-powered website, MediaWiki APIs and multi-language
options for Joomla installation.
Summer of Code ends on August 24, but the codes won’t be
moved immediately into the Joomla CMS core; rather, they will continue to be
developed, and may even be used by extension developers. Many of the projects
involved in the program are focused on the Joomla platform, providing the
infrastructure for the future development of the CMS and other applications
that build upon it.
The Joomla platform generously allows developers to create
multi-purpose and multi-device apps (including mobile and cloud computing
applications) and enterprise systems that can be run independently of its core
Students working on Joomla projects span the globe, coming from Brazil, Sri Lanka, the United States, Romania and France.