Google Summer of Code 2016

Hello everyone! I am participating in the Google Summer of Code program for the second time with GNOME, this year working on Epiphany. I will be mentored by Michael Catanzaro, who was also my mentor for my last summer’s project. I am one of the two students working on this product, the other person being a friend of mine. We are both excited to leave our mark with some serious contributions.

The goal of my proposal is updating the bookmarks subsystem by refactoring the current code and implementing a new bookmarks menu design proposed by the designers.

Browsers evolve extremely quickly, but if there’s one browsing feature that’s stood the test of time, it’s browser bookmarks. The current dialog has lots of problems, giving the browser an unfinished look and the impression that everything is about to crash at any moment. The code is old and spread amongst too many files, making it hard to manage and refactor.

Upon completion, the current problems should be fixed not by patching different parts of the code for specific bugs, but by having code work properly regardless of the processed data or user requests. The new design is also more minimalistic, making bookmarks easier to use and manage.

Moreover, there are increased benefits to a bookmarks refactoring considering there is the other project that plans to touch on bookmarks by allowing Epiphany to use a storage server to sync bookmarks (and more) between multiple instances of Epiphany on different computers. Having bookmarks work as intended is of great help to Web’s users, gives the browser a more solid look and it’s a step forward towards a complete, modern browser.

Similarly to last year, I plan to start working in the community bonding period (any day now) to account for my exams session that takes place somewhere at the start of the coding period.

These being said, expect another blog post soon where I will talk about the first steps I’m taking towards completing this project successfuly.

Iulian

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