This is my first post related to my SoC.
So let me just introduce things.
I am doing Google Summer Of Code under Mozilla Foundation . My mentors are Nagappan from Novell, Bangalore and Emily Chen from Sun, China.
When i started working for my SoC, i got a mail from Google SoC team saying
In keeping with last year's tradition, we will be sending a surprise
to all students. Last year we sent a cool Google notebook (complete
with paper legacy interface), and this year we have something even
cooler in the works.
If you really feel you must, go ahead and start a barrage of "I wonder
what it could be" posts to the list. But please don't. You'll have
the ultra-cool surprise in hand soon.
One final reminder, when you get your surprise, please don't tell the
rest of the world until June 4, 2007. We'd like to keep it a surprise
for as many folks as possible.
After that, by all means blog, post, etc. :)
The moment someone tells you that you are going to get a surprise, you start thinking only about it and nothing else. :-) . And of course i am no exception. All i knew was it is a book signed by its author. There is long discussion in the Google soc group guessing whether it can be Linus or someone else.
Finally i got the book few days back. It is Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project by karl fogel.
Wow :) i never thought just a book will make me so happy. This is the first book i have ever got which is signed by its author :) and i felt so happy that i can't describe it here :-)
I really can't wait to get back to college so that i can scan the first page ;-) and put it up here. Man, just a simple signature with a text saying "Happy Hacking" but whenever i see it ,makes me feel happy and proud :-).
And yes, the best part was that the author was kind enough to post a blog about it. So if you don't believe what i am telling you, check out his blog about the book here.
The review about the book in one line. "The more i read it, the more i love it." There are many places where the author has taken care to give appropriate examples, funny incidents, etc.
Thanks a ton for Google for such a nice idea. :-)