[tor-talk] GSOC Ideas.
mrlanrat at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 02:25:27 UTC 2011
Karsten, would working on TorStatus to make it work with the Metrics
database be a useful project?
Do you think either you, or someone else could mentor it? I know it's
PHP and it won't directly be a part of Metrics but it could be another
method of displaying and exporting the data.
Unfortunately I don't trust my little Java knowledge to work directly
If this is not needed then I'll focus on something with Python.
On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 6:44 AM, Roger Dingledine <arma at mit.edu> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 07:50:06AM +0200, Karsten Loesing wrote:
>> > Exporting to CSV based of of the filters is an easy task. Is there
>> > anyone else who would find this useful? If so I'll look into making a
>> > PHP script that can do that right now. :)
>> The odds of Tor picking a GSoC student to improve TorStatus are non-zero,
>> but low. (To be precise, I wouldn't mentor that project, but I don't know
>> if somebody else would.)
>> The better approach for providing Tor network status information is to
>> extend the metrics website, mostly because the metrics website is
>> maintained whereas the TorStatus website isn't. Kevin Berry, one of our
>> last year's GSoC students who I mentored, started working on a basic
>> network status page here:
>> The code for the metrics website is here, and yes, it's JSP/servlets:
>> Please let me know if you have further questions.
> That said, I think changing the Torstatus PHP script so it uses the
> metrics database as its back-end, and cleaning up the PHP part of it,
> would still be a very valuable task.
> Right now Torstatus has two components: the PHP interface front-end,
> and the database back-end that remembers stuff about the network so it
> can (for example) make historical bandwidth graphs.
> The database kept by the metrics project is probably better than the
> database kept by Torstatus. So dropping the db side of torstatus, and
> teaching it to use the db from metrics, would be valuable in that it
> would make things more maintainable.
> The front-end from Torstatus is currently more usable, and thus more
> useful, than the front-end on the metrics project. Karsten would like
> somebody to fix the metrics side so it's better, and then we can dump
> Torstatus. That would be great, if it happens, but until it happens,
> making Torstatus better would still be useful.
> The problem is that there are basically no Torstatus developers in
> the world, so working on that as a GSoC project would be hard since we
> wouldn't have anybody to mentor you.
> But if somebody wants to pick it up as a side hobby, that'd be great. :)
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