Community Bonding Period

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How I Got Here

I’ve heard about GSoC before for some time but wasn’t sure if it was something I could be a part of. I decided to give it my first try this year. I got to know about OpenAstronomy from the GSoC’18 organizations page. Initially, almost all of the projects on their ideas page were very appealing to me. I started to get to know more about different communities under OpenAstronomy and submitted patches to their codebase to some of them. It was fun to contribute to them but I was still not sure which organization and what project would work best for me. After thinking for a while, I decided to settle on the project to develop a better way of dealing with different types of plasma data structures using metaclasses under the PlasmaPy organization.

These guys were still progressing to v0.1.0 and to have it up on PyPi. I imagined it would be nice to give a hand and speed up things a bit as well as this was the first time I was going to work with metaclasses in an actual real-world project, metaclasses are some nasty Python dark magic! I spent most of march working on a proposal and invloving with the PlasmaPy community. To my surprise, my proposal got selected for GSoC’18!

Bonding Period

We’re currently in the community bonding phase where I am getting to know more about our community and my GSoC project. By the way, we also had our v0.1.0 release and a brand new logo for our organization during this phase. Here is the glimpse of it!

As for the GSoC project, since we only support Python 3.6+, it was suggested that we use a base class that is a subclass of ABC.abc instead of defining a metaclass. Python 3.6 brought this amazing method __init_subclass__ that would make for a great replacement to register our subclasses. In the first Jitsi meeting we had yesterday, we discussed about the project and some stuff about what my mentors are expecting from me. Our implemenation is supposed to be quite similar to how sunpy.map.Map works.

Ending Thoughts

I’m very excited about the journey next 3 months! I’ll probably end up learning a lot more about metaprogamming in Python and in general. I am grateful to OpenAstronomy and my mentors for giving me this amazing opportunity and helping me get started!