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This is a draft of the application that the phpMyAdmin project will send to Google to apply as a mentoring organization. Students should most likely look at the applicant guide.

Organization Name



We're developing phpMyAdmin, a MySQL web interface. It supports most MySQL features, is widely used by database administrators and well supported by hosting providers.

Home page

Main Organization License

GNU General Public License version 2.0 (GPLv2).

Why is your organization applying to participate in GSoC 2011? What do you hope to gain by participating?

We got great contributions through GSoC in previous years and we want to continue improving our tool and bring new features to our users.

If accepted, would this be your first year participating in GSoC?


Did your organization participate in past GSoCs? If so, please summarize your involvement and the successes and challenges of your participation.

We did participate in 2010, having 64 proposals out of which we have chosen 6 projects, which were completed successfully and are now part of phpMyAdmin 3.4. The most challenging part was definitely choosing projects from proposals.

In years before, we did not participate directly, but in Google Summer of Code 2008 and 2009 the MySQL project was kind enough to offer slots for projects.

The code from all projects was immediately merged to our code base.

If your organization participated in past GSoCs, please let us know the ratio of students passing to students allocated, e.g. 2006: 3/6 for 3 out of 6 students passed in 2006.

2010: 6/6 2009: 4/5 2008: 2/2

What is the URL for your ideas page?

What is the main development mailing list for your organization? This question will be shown to students who would like to get more information about applying to your organization for GSoC 2011. If your organization uses more than one list, please make sure to include a description of the list so students know which to use.

What is the main IRC channel for your organization?

Channel #phpmyadmin on FreeNode

Does your organization have an application template you would like to see students use? If so, please provide it now. Please note that it is a very good idea to ask students to provide you with their contact information as part of your template. Their contact details will not be shared with you automatically via the GSoC 2011 site.

See GSoC 2011 Application Template.

What criteria did you use to select the individuals who will act as mentors for your organization? Please be as specific as possible:

Selection was solely based on fact that a project developer is willing to act as a mentor. All of them are long standing developers and they have great knowledge of existing code base. Most of them also have experience from past Google Summer of Code events.

What is your plan for dealing with disappearing students?

We want to start cooperating with the students as soon as possible to be able to see their commitment to the task even before choosing them for the project.

Students will be pushed to publish their results weekly, so that in case something goes wrong, it is clearly visible and we can work with the student to fix this issue.

What is your plan for dealing with disappearing mentors?

All members are long time developers of the project and thus have quite a big motivation not to disappear. In case this would happen, several other project developers are prepared to replace the member who has no time to continue his duty.

What steps will you take to encourage students to interact with your project's community before, during and after the program?

This year we enforce students to be active before the program starts. We already have several of them active right now and they're actively participating in our mailing list.

During the program we require public weekly reports, so that everybody can follow status of the project and give students some hints or suggestions.

If you are a small or new organization applying to GSoC, please list a larger, established GSoC organization or a Googler that can vouch for you here.


If you are a large organization who is vouching for a small organization applying to GSoC for their first time this year, please list their name and why you think they'd be good candidates for GSoC here:


Anything else you'd like to tell us?

Participating in GSoC during the last three years brought valuable improvements to phpMyAdmin's code base and gave our team experience in the Google Open Source Programs; therefore we wish to continue our participation as a recognized mentoring organization.

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Category:Google Summer of Code 2011