Last day of the first week of GSoC!

I spent the past five days setting up my workspace in Eclipse, learning HTML and subversion (better late than never, right?), and using OpenMRS like an implementer would in order to think about my project from the right perspective. I made a form with existing and self-created concepts1 that I will try to update manually with a new concept dictionary. Sounds like fun!

The highlight of this week was “Speed-Geeking” student introductions on Thursday morning. The international-ness of Summer of Code is cool in itself, but I am especially excited for and inspired by my fellow OpenMRS students. At one point, I also heard myself agreeing to make a youtube video of my scooter tricks…2

On Wednesday, developers got an email from Ben Wolfe subjected “Calling all beginners” with a link he found on twitter. It reminded me how important it is to not only let go of the insecurities about the being a beginner, but also embrace it as normal – as an opportunity to take notes for future beginners and look at issues with the creativity of fresh eyes granted with this “magical position.”

1. concepts are the fundamental unit for capturing clinical information in the record (as explained by Glen awhile ago)
2. I think I’ll focus on my project for now, and make that video when the GSoC t-shirt of accomplishment arrives 😉 (if you don’t want to wait that long for evidence, find me on

Hello World! GSoC Day T-11

Hello World of open source projects.

The name of this blog is jquerencia as in Jordan + querencia. I’m Jordan and “querencia” is my favorite Spanish word thanks to my Cortina RA, Tim, talking to me about coming home after incredible experiences. It also kind of sounds like JQuery, which I think is cool.

I am about to walk away from an $18/hour job at a company that I like and would be able to start full-time with benefits as soon I as I graduate in 2014, if I stayed. When I told my grandma that participating in Google Summer of Code would mean leaving my current internship, she said, “That’s a shame.” What she doesn’t understand yet is the consolation of vocation that I find in my latest and greatest opportunity, that is GSoC with OpenMRS.

I found out about GSoC by investigating how I could get involved with OpenMRS after coming home from my incredible experience in December. Then last Thursday, about an hour after my last final, was my first meeting with my OpenMRS mentors, Glen and Janet. We introduced ourselves and the stories that led us to OpenMRS and made some plans to get ready for the summer. I definitely feel like I am in good hands with them and this whole community.

Installing OpenMRS, Eclipse, and all the plugins I will need is just like working on an assignment for one of my CS major classes – frustrating until it works, then it’s rewarding and magical… IT WORKS!! Well, it will work.