I'm on Google Summer of Code!

May 29, 2016


My name is Matheus Fernandes, I’m a Software Engineering student at Universidade de Brasília, Brazil. I love code and Python is my preferred language! In the free time I like to play electric or acoustic guitar, but lately I don’t have much time for this :(

I started in web development world in 2013, using python and django, since then I always try to work with these technologies. I loved it! Of course that I still use other tools, such as Ruby, C++, Java.. But I prefer Python! :)

Some time ago, I became interested in frontend and design areas because I wanted to make beautiful things. So I started to use CSS frameworks like Bootstrap, Foundation and MaterializeCSS. Today, I’m capable to create pages without these frameworks, but I still using theirs grid implementation and some components.

Since I knew Google Summer of Code started looking for projects that involved frontend issues and enhancements and the openSUSE 101 page caught my attention for being different from the “wiki” stardard from the other organizations. When I saw “Improve the UI of Portus” I thought: “That’s it!”, and started to contribute to the project, working on small UI issues. After two merge requests accepted I started writing my GSoC proposal.

On April 22 I received a really great news: my project proposal was accepted and I will be working with Miquel Sabaté Solà, my project mentor, during the next three months, to reach the following goals:

  • Improve the responsivity of Portus, specially on small screens;
  • Serve assets only when used;
  • Improve search and filter features;
  • Improve dashboard interface;
  • Create a help section on Portus page;
  • Create a "Explore" feature, and

For these goals, CSS, Javascript/CoffeScript and HTML skills are essential! Also, a previous knowledge about Ruby on Rails would be great because some issues need updates on application code too. Unfortunately, Rails is a framework in which I’m not too experienced but my background with the Django framework could help to understand quickly how Rails works.

I’m sure that this summer will be great!