Monday, August 19, 2013

Trip to Vienna

For the Google Summer of Code the mentoring organization receives a certain amount of money that can be used for students to come to visit their mentors. Because Ljubljana, the town where I live, is not far away (approx. 400 km) from Vienna, the town of the mentoring organization, the costs of traveling are not great. I was asked last year if I want to come to visit but I didn't have time. This year I had time so I gladly accepted the offer. On Thursday, July 11th I packed my bags and traveled to Vienna for a 3 days visit.

On Friday, after many skype conferences, I met my mentors in person. This day we set together in the same office and we did a lot of work on the nomacs plugin system. We modified the plugin interface to allow the user to create a submenu in the plugins menu. We also extended the interface to a viewport interface which now allows the plugins to completely connect to nomacs and to use all of its functionality. This is major addition to the plugin system. But it also needed a big change in nomacs which is now a dll. The main application had to be converted to a dll and a smaller application to call the dll. Because of the interconnection between different classes this is the only way for the plugins to use nomacs classes.

On Saturday I had some time to go some sightseeing around the town. In the evening I was invited to a dinner with all the mentors. On Sunday I finished my visit to Vienna and returned to home.

Thanks to all nomacs mentors: Markus, Stefan and Florian for a great trip to Vienna!

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