My Summer at Code for America

On May 27 this year I received wonderful news: I had been accepted as a Google Summer of Code student at Code for America! That meant that I was going to spend the next three months working a the project whose idea I had submitted just days before.

My idea was to create a wrapper of the GeoReport API (part of the Open311 standard) to make it easier for other users to create applications related to the standard. I elected Java as the programming language for this project because it is the one I know best and it would allow building Android applications too.

Days after, I met my mentor, Shaunak Kashyap, for the first time. We discussed the idea I had proposed deeply and thought about which tools and methodologies we were going to use. He did an awesome job helping me to create the library and improve myself as a software developer. During the summer we met once a week through Google Hangouts to discuss the status of the project and our next steps.

I think we did quite a good job, the result is a fully functional library with some features such as:

In case you would like to learn more about the library, here are some interesting links:

Thanks to Google, Code for America, and (especially) Shaunak for this great experience.

Questions? Comments? Hit us up @codeforamerica.

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