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KDE-related course in Federal University of Bahia (BR) March 3, 2010

Posted by Sandro Andrade in planetkde-sandroandrade.

Hi all,

As previously mentioned, we managed to include a “Free Software Development” course in the Computer Science curriculum of Federal University of Bahia which aims to strengthen the Brazilian developer base by providing a favorable scenario for students-community bonding, a roadmap for free software contribution, and a 100% hands-on experience in particular KDE-related projects. This is going to be a 4,5 months course with a 3 hour class per week. The course has begun last Monday and I’m really glad to have twelve insane students 🙂 interested in our stuff and beginning to put their gearhead hats.

Our methodology include some initial training period where students will become familiar to Qt and KDE technologies, understanding about how KDE community is organized (rebranding, main groups, communication tools, release cycles, etc), and finally the students (in pairs) begin to improve/bug fix some KDE project, selected according to their affinity and the current project demands. By the end of semester, we expect to have provided a small but realistic experience about contribution in free software projects. The student then would understand how and why free software projects really rock, they would boost their personal skills and maybe KDE would gain some more addicted members 🙂

Ok, that’s the group (some students were already penalized for missing the first class 🙂

I’m quite hopeful of having some interesting outcomes of this effort so just wait some new fresh blood around 🙂



1. nip - March 3, 2010

Are you certain the chap on the right did not enlist for the wrong computer science course? Perhaps he meant to follow an AJAX course?

Sandro Andrade - March 3, 2010

Yes, I’m certain. I know each one of these students, the course is optional in the curriculum (they enrolled by their own interest) and the chap on the right is a quite promising Qt/KDE developer 🙂

nip - March 4, 2010

Was just that he is wearing an “Ajax” football shirt (popular team in my country). Just a play on words 😉

Nice to have the opportunity to teach these young dogs. Hope to see much of them,

Sandro Andrade - March 4, 2010

🙂 Here is just a bank shirt. They should be sponsoring your team for sure 😉
See you,

2. montfras - March 3, 2010

I wish they would give these lessons in universities where I live as well!

Good luck from a jealous student

tumaix - March 3, 2010

start poking for a open-minded professor, and try to made him develop that course there as well.

3. Inge Wallin - March 7, 2010

This is awesome! KDE should really have a library of course materials for this that anybody could grab and use.

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