Arc Riley <arcriley <at> gmail.com> writes:
I've seen and heard that a lot of work is still needed on http://svn.python.org
/view/python/trunk both during the 3.1 release cycle, optimization possible all over the place.
Well, first, it's too late for 3.1, which will (should) be out before July. Second, all the eagerly needed optimization work on py3k has now been done.
A quick skim through the bug tracker's "performance" and "feature request" tickets did not seem to yield anything interesting and big enough for a GSOC project (although I could have overlooked something).
Rather than performance, I think some more interesting areas would be related to some of the standard library modules. For instance, the unittest module could welcome some new features (test discovery, support for skipped tests, probably others that I'm forgetting about). Since this is pure Python stuff not needing any deep experience with the interpreter's internals, it would be appropriate for an outsider.