- Since most of the tools I worked on during my summer were new to me, it took me a while to get accustomed to them. But with the help of some KTs and meetingmeetings, I was able to pick it up and contribute to resolving issues.
- Database versioning is a challenging task as we must keep in mind not only schema changes but also data changes made. Testing the available tools and finding the right fit was time consuming. Now that I have decided to use Liquibase, it will be necessary to cover all sorts of corner cases and situations while testing it out.
There is a lot of work to be done with respect to Airavata's Sharing Service and Registry Database Versioning.
- Airavata's Sharing Service - We now have a simple group management portal which achieves user group creation and management. We still need to integrate file uploading and project sharing features so that the users can also share their experiments and workflows with the group members.
- Registry Database Versioning - With the Registry changing every day and a lot of migration that needs to be done with respect to the legacy data, we need a method to version the database changes so that we can maintain the revisions and perform rollbacks efficiently. I started on this and will continue until May 2018 as an Independent Study under Marlon Pierce and Suresh Marru at IUB.
When I started with GSoC late April, I was not aware of the ways of open source development. The Science Gateway Architectures courses (taught by Marlon Pierce and Suresh Marru) I took in my first year at IUB introduced me to good practices in distributed systems and Apache Airavata. Writing to the Airavata dev mailing list has helped me in solving most of my problems. I wish to contribute more to Airavata in the coming days and work on the issues and take part in code reviews.