[Tux4kids-tuxtype-dev] GSoC Potential Student Introduction
zachelko at gmail.com
Sat Mar 21 01:31:38 UTC 2009
My name is Zach Elko, and I'm a 4th year Computer Science student with a
concentration in Game Development at Ball State University in Indiana, USA.
This would be my 3rd year doing GSoC, working for OpenMRS and Mixxx in the
past 2 years.
Being a game programmer, my interest in Tux4Kids is obvious, and I actually
applied last year as well for those of you that may remember (some of your
names are quite familiar to me), although I wasn't accepted to this
I'd like to apply for the hangman game within TuxType, as well as the
configuration of the word lists that accompanies it. I feel these 2 items
can be strongly linked in that having a nice way to configure word lists
would make the game experience a lot better.
The great thing for me is that I've actually developed a command line
hangman game a number of years ago in C++, and have been meaning to convert
it into a graphical application using SDL or QT 4. Having an opportunity
like this to continue work on a project that I created myself, but at the
same time have it benefit others is quite a luxury!
If for some reason that project doesn't work out (as far as mentoring or
priority of the projects), the GUI tool for TuxMath also struck my interest.
I love being able to configure all of the software I use, and that has
carried over into my development in that I like to add tools to aid in the
configuration of applications I develop.
My skillset is composed of C, C++, Java, SDL, and QT 4. My choice platform
is Linux, but I do have direct access to Windows if needed. I've written
various applications in C/C++ over the past 6-7 years, both for personal
projects (mainly) as well as course work. I've written a game in C++ with
SDL and am currently in the process of creating another one. I have
experience with GUI development in both Java using the built-in libraries as
well as with C++ using QT 4.
If anyone has any questions/comments for me, feel free to shoot me an
e-mail, either privately or via this list.
I look forward to hearing back, thanks!
Zach J. Elko
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