I have put up an abstract to the Eclipsepedia page for a Google Summer of Code (GSOC) project proposing to work on improving the Eclipse Ant integration by facilitating Ant buildfile refactorings.
To see some ideas of the refactorings that could be supported have a look at bug 89938.
For information on Ant itself, check out the Apache Ant site.
The schedule and deadlines for 2009 GSOC applications has not been set yet but it is a good time to start preparing now:
- The FAQ for GSOC can be found here.
- A great page for prospective students can be found here.
- Get on the GSOC discussion group and check out the pre-announcement with getting started advice
Learning about the inner workings of Eclipse and Ant are skills that will augment the skill set of any student.
Adding the refactoring support will also make you the friend of Build Meisters and Releng wizards everywhere. These are very good people to be friends with :-)