Carnegie Mellon Students looking for help

Mark Doliner mark at
Wed Oct 28 17:27:10 EDT 2009

On Wed, Oct 28, 2009 at 1:26 PM, Anthony Hugh <ahugh at> wrote:
> Hi,
> My name is Anthony Hugh and I am a student at Carnegie Mellon University.
> I am currently enrolled in a course called "Foundations of Software
> Engineering."  One of the projects for the semester is to work with an
> Open Source project and ultimately get some code into the code base.  I am
> working with Mark Thurman, another student enrolled in the course.
> Mark and I were wondering if someone could help us get started.  We were
> looking for someone that could point us
> in the right direction and help us find some areas where we could
> contribute.  Our project need not be a big contribution (a couple of bug
> fixes is fine), but it does ultimately need to make it into the code base.
> Our deadline is November 24, roughly one month from now.

That's a cool idea for a class.

> Some bugs we thought would be manageable in that time frame were
> 1787:  Replace smilies while typing

I don't recommend this one.  It's probably a little tricky, and we
might be drastically changing how we input text (from using our home
grown gtkimhtml widget to using webkit), and it probably doesn't make
sense to add this feature to the current code.

> 1577:  Sort groups alphabetically.
> 9422:  Sort in "New Instant Message"
> 2434:  Add chatroom buddy to blist by dragging
> 3329:  Autocompletion of screennames with spaces

I'm not really familiar with these, but they seem reasonable.

It might be good to start off with something REALLY small, just to
keep familiar with getting our source code, compiling, installing,
running, etc.  Maybe strip leading and trailing whitespace from the
three fields in our Add Buddy dialog when the user clicks the "Add"


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