The Blog for the first week during GSoC Libpinyin Project Coding

I am Xu Liana. As a junior student who majors in software engineering in Chongqing Normal University located in China. I have been in connection with programming for 3 years. I knew the meaning of these words for first time, such as Linux, GNO and open source, when I entered university. With the guidance of my professional teacher and senior schoolmates, I made initial contact with the open source community, and I have learned a lot of from the dynamic community ever since. During the three years in my university, I have accomplished some programs like Star Trek coded on C, Fun-eliminate(pinch peeps) and EC-WordPad(which is a bit like memo) coded on C++ and Qt, LAN communication small program on Python. It was a great pleasure for me to make a short speech on openSUSE 42.2 release in Chongqing Normal University and see the success of GNOME.Asia Summit 2007 in Chongqing city.

Now I am working on the project which is aimed to integrate Cloud Pinyin in ibus-libpinyin. Pinyin input method plays a significant role among all the input methods in China all the time. Though these pinyin input methods on ibus such as ibus-pinyin and ibus-libpinyin, are more and more popular in China, there are still some shortcomings of low accuracy and low speed, for they always search words from local table dictionary. Accordingly, integrating cloud pinyin in ibus-libpinyin is imperative.

In this project, I have received guidance from 3 mentors. The following is a brief introduction to them.

ZhaoQiang: An openSUSE employee working in Beijing, a development engineer of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. He is responsible for maintenance of input method and GNOME desktop environment.

epico: The initiator and the developer of libpinyin method. He works in RedHat.He actively engages in directing the project and contributing more to libpinyin.

Hillwood Yang: A contributor in the openSUSE community. He commits himself to maintaining Chinese localization. And he is also an online and offline promoter of openSUSE in Asia.

On my personal note, GSoC is a platform which is full of opportunity and challenge. We can test ourselves in the projects which we work on and promote our strengths by this chance. Even better, it is most likely to be acquainted with those strong characters both predecessor and other students.
Besides, The most important is that I have benefited a lot from the open source community especiall openSUSE. That broadens my outlook and I have learned a lot.
So I’d like to do something to feedback the organization.
project, Integrating Cloud Pinyin in ibus-libpinyin, to me, personally, is a new challenge, because I haven’t met similar project and have little experience about it. I expect to overcome mountains of difficulties and successfully completed this challenging and interering project in August through my efforts with the instruction of three great mentors.

Finally, I think my basic knowledge on programming of software engineering will help me a lot in this project and the experience on programming in my college life will let me better organize something.

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