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We're getting some experience of proposals for projects now so w= e thought it was worthwhile writing down some of our suggestions on how you= can hopefully become more successful in working on the Jikes RVM this summ= er. This is intended to sup= plement the material provided by Google.
Certainly not! We hope that our involvement in the GSoC will introduce p= eople to our code base and make them experts, from undergraduates to PhD st= udents. Clearly the projects are challenging and you should describe your e= xperience in your applications, so we should be able to tell if you are bei= ng overly ambitious. To get feedback about this early, why not contact the = mentors?
Interest in certain projects on our proposal page is higher than for others. Every applicat= ion for a project will be considered and then scored by the mentors. = Its ok to have >1 applicant working on the same proposal. However, w= hen applying for the same project the mentors will be comparing your applic= ation to that of others. We therefore believe that to have as many students= as possible working on the Jikes RVM this summer, if you are interested in= >1 project you may increase your chances of being allocated at least on= e of your choices of projects by submitting >1 application. Google allow up t= o 20 applications per student, but we'd agree with their sentiment that= quality is more important than quantity.
When making your application you should try to convey to us that you hav= e a good understanding of what the project is, that you will be able to man= age your time effectively this summer, that this is a project that interest= s you and why, and your background.
Why not download and build the= source, you may be surprised at what building a Java VM in Java looks = like. On this site is information on a range of teaching resources and tuto= rials. You can also browse the source code through the API.
Contact the mentors directly or e-mail the researchers mailing list.