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Summer of Code 2014 Results

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Google Summer of Code 2014 wrapped up back on August 25th, and we’re pleased to announce that all six of our students passed their evaluations! We wanted to share the results of these projects today.

wxGraphicsContext using Direct2D - Alexandru Pana has brought together a very functional Direct2D wxGraphicsContext renderer for Windows 7 and later. This work has been merged to wxWidgets SVN trunk. You can review a summary of what has been done here. Be sure to check out the “drawing” sample!

wxTaskBarButton under Windows Vista/7+ - Chaobin Zhang has implemented the native Windows 7 taskbar functionality with a very clean and easy to use API available through wxTaskBarButton. This project was cut short of an OSX implementation, however, nearly every native feature of the Windows 7 taskbar is available for use, and has been merged to wxWidgets SVN trunk. We would encourage others interested in working on the OSX implemention to get involved now that GSoC has ended. Here’s an overview of the features, and be sure to check out the new “taskbarbutton” sample.

Chromium backend for wxWebView - Haojian Wu has brought wxWidgets the ability to integrate a single common, modern browser engine on all platforms based on the CEF3 library. This adds wxWebViewChromium to wxWidgets, but requires a bit more work to enable out of the box due to library dependencies. This has not been merged to SVN trunk yet, check out the pull request to get involved in the review, and it’s new “webview_chromium” sample. Here’s the overview of the project as well.

wxQt Port - Mariano Reingart continues the work from Peter Most, Javier Torres, Kolya Kosenko, and his own work even back in 2013, building out the new Qt-based wxWidgets port to a usable state. Being one of the more ambitious projects, we’re very pleased to see the success of this project. We’d also like to thank Sean D’Epagnier for his help as well. This work has been merged to SVN trunk. Check out the installation instructions, the project overview and wxQt status, and the merge pull request with screenshots.

wxAndroid Port - Nikola Miljkovic worked on this fresh new port, with the goal of building just a single minimal sample into an Android app. The majority of this project involved working out the details of wrapping wxWidgets C++ calls through JNI just for the main required application components. Nikola has achieved this as seen by the wxWidgets-based android app in the Google Play Store, but to be clear, this port still requires a lot of work before it’s usable. There aren’t any plans to merge this to SVN trunk just yet, but we would encourage interested developers to check out the documentation, and the SOC2014_ANDROID branch Nikola has been working on.

wxUniversal Cleanup - Sun Boxiang chose to tackle general issues with our very neglected wxUniversal port. About 80 unique issues were resolved while expanding the test coverage from 308 to 518 unit tests. This work has not been merged to SVN trunk yet, but hopefully soon. In the mean time, check out the project overview, and the development branch.

Once again, we really want to thank all of our students for one of the most exceptional years we’ve had participating in the Google Summer of Code program. We’d also like to thank all of the community who stepped up to help these students besides just their mentors.

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