Thanks Dave, William.

I wish to grab this opportunity to thank you all for showing a confidence in my application and providing me with an opportunity to work on SWIG. I am sure this would be a great learning experience for me and I am looking forward to contribute to the my best.

Thanks & Regards
Ashish

On Wed, Apr 22, 2009 at 5:10 PM, David Beazley <dave@dabeaz.com> wrote:
>

I would also like to welcome the GSoC students to the project!    As
the original creator of SWIG, I'd just like to throw a few random
thoughts out there.

First, as you work on your projects, don't  be shy about thinking big
or taking risks.  Sometimes the smallest little thing can bloom into
something you would never expect.  In fact, SWIG itself literally
started as a 2-week "coding hack" that I cooked together while I was
working as a summer student intern on a totally unrelated project.
Whenever I take a look at that original code in my archive, I find it
pretty hard to believe that 14 years have passed and that it has
morphed into the current SWIG package.  Yow!  Actually, I still get a
little frightened when I think about it (those of you who are going to
look into the SWIG parser will soon understand :-).

Next, I would really like to encourage students to think about writing
papers or giving conference presentations on their work.    There are
many venues for presenting work related to open-source software
development.   Having a paper/conference presentation under your belt
is a tremendous thing to be able to put on your resume.  Plus, if you
go to a conference, you'll get to meet a lot of really interesting
people.   I can not encourage this enough.

Finally, have fun with it!

As a general note to other mentors, I do actively lurk on the Swig
mailing lists although I'm not always so active in the discussions.
With a book about to come out, a 9 month old on the verge of running
wild around the house, and his little brother due to arrive in
September, things have been just a little bit insane (never a dull
moment as they say :-).

Cheers,
Dave



> Now for some introductions to the mentors. I've put together a one
> liner
> on each mentor, feel free to expand!
>
> Dave is the original inventor of SWIG and probably knows the parser
> best

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