GSoC 2021 Retrospective

Well it’s September now, which means that the Google Summer of Code has ended. If you missed our announcement post earlier this year you can find it over here.

James Culver worked on the History API which is key to our future support of such features as message editing, message reactions, read/delivery receipts, server side history, reactions, etc. The work James has done is currently up for review and will hopefully be merged in the very near future.

Prateek Pardeshi worked on the Account Creation Assistant which is a guided assistant to help users add accounts to Pidgin. This is an important feature to make Pidgin more approachable to non-technical users who may be a bit lost in our current account creation user interface. Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Prateek was unable to complete this project.

We’re considering this year a success and will be applying to be a mentoring organization again next year.

We wish both James and Prateek the best in their future development work and hope to see them continue working in Open Source in the future!

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