This post is not exactly hot news, but late is better than never:
My application for the Google Summer of Code 2008, titled “Django on Jython: Supporting Python Web App Frameworks on the JVM” was accepted!! :-)
I can't say in words how happy I am, even after a few days have passed since I got the news. I'm lucky enough to have Jim Baker as my mentor, a very inspiring guy, as motivated as myself by the project. He is a very active Jython contributor, a successful mentor of past SoC projects. And Frank Wierzbicki is already moving DoJ to work on top of Glassfish. From the Django side, Jacob Kaplan-Moss maintained the support shown on the past and will fast-track our patches to Django, if they are needed.
I also got the acknowledgment from Imagemaker, my employer, to stop working full time during the SoC period. In fact, they showed very supportive and interested on the project, looking forward to its results and potential.
I'm going to participate on a vibrant Jython community, with other two fellow students working on web frameworks and Jython: Georgy Berdyshev with Zope and Ariane Paola Gomes with TurboGears2 .
Things couldn't be better. I will resume the work done on the past year, hoping to make Django on Jython a reality by August 2008. In fact, I already started, with a quick but useful web application for tracking the status of the Django test suite running on top of Jython and the postgresql_zxjdbc driver. Hope to get that page fully green as soon as possible.