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GSoC Project Ideas for 2011
Sample project ideas for GSoC students
1. Improved built-in help
Mercurial's built-in help is quite good, but could be better. Here are some things that could be done:
Improve HTML rendering in hgweb view (see here)
- improve crosslinking between help topics
- migrate remaining contents from manpages into built-in help
- add example usage to verbose sections in help
- improve the glossary
2. Advanced Hgweb support
Our web interface is very handy, but there are a number of features that could be improved:
- Add functions and conditionals to the templating language
- Add basic AJAX functionality to make history browsing more dynamic
- Add some basic web admin functionality
3. Performance tuning
Mercurial is fast but could always be faster. Possible areas include:
- Optimizing startup performance
- Optimizing revlog parsing and indexing with a C index class extension
- Improving performance of the status command
- Eliminating unnecessary checks of unknown files in merge/update
- Optimizing performance on Windows
4. Subrepo support
Subrepositories are a rapidly improving feature of Mercurial.
- Improved support for SVN and Git repo types
- Addition of other repo types
5. Command server
Mercurial's primary stable API is its command line interface. Creating a tool and library to communicate with this API over a pipe or a socket will help improve performance for third-party tools that use Mercurial.
6. Other ideas?
Come talk to us on IRC.