Showing posts from October, 2006

Got Edge?

I mean Edgy. I mean Edgy Eft. Get it.


I followed the EdgyUpgrades document from the Ubuntu Wiki and all it took to upgrade my Dell laptop from Dapper to Edgy was one command:

gksu "update-manager -c"
I call this painless. Everything seems to be working just fine after the upgrade. Haven't had time to play with it at all -- in fact, I don't even know how long the upgrade process took, since I left after I started it.

Proposal for Testing Tools Panel at PyCon07

Following Titus's example with his Web Frameworks Panel proposal for PyCon07, I proposed a Testing Tools Panel. And yes, I expect the author of twill to participate and take questions :-)

I created a TestingToolsPanel page on the PyCon07 wiki. Please feel free to add your own testing-related topics of interest and/or questions for the authors. If you are a testing tool author, please consider participating in the panel. You can leave a comment here or send me an email (grig at and let me know if you're interested in participating.

Here's what I have so far on the Wiki page:

I maintain a "Python Testing Tools Taxonomy" (PTTT) Wiki page.

Here are some of the tools listed on the PTTT page:
unit testing tools (unittest/doctest/py.test/nose/Testoob/testosterone)mock/stub testing tools (python-mock/pmock/stubble)Web testing tools (twill/webunit/zope.testbrowser/Pamie/paste.test.fixture)acceptance testing tools (PyFit/texttest/FitLoader)GUI testing tools (pyw…

"Agile in action" photostream

From a blog I read with pleasure, Simon Baker's "Agile in action", here's a link to a Flickr photostream that shows in my opinion what agile is all about: collaboration, camaraderie, short, having great fun and producing great software in the process. Stevey, I can tell you've never been part of an agile team in your life -- otherwise why would you be so bitter and cranky about it?

The 90-9-1 rule and building an open source community

Jakob Nielsen talks about the 90-9-1 rule in his latest Alertbox newsletter: "Participation inequality: encouraging more users to contribute". Simply put, the rule states that in a typical online community, 90% of the users are lurkers, 9% are occasional contributors, and only 1% are active contributors. This should be interesting for people trying to build and grow open source projects. Nielsen has some suggestions to offer on how to overcome this "participation inequality". Read the article for his suggestions.

Here are some of my own observations and lessons learned from various open source efforts I've been part of (many of them are things I've tried to do on the Pybots project):

How to build an open source community

* Blog, blog, blog
* Send messages to mailing lists related to the area of your project
* Write extensive documentation, make it easy for people to join
* Create a project repository (Google Code)
* Get help from early adopters, involve them…

Let's celebrate Roundup by turning it into the official Python bug tracker

Richard Jones just posted a note about Roundup turning 5. What better birthday gift than turning it into the official Python bug/issue tracker. Readers of Planet Python certainly know by now that there are 2 issue trackers in contention: JIRA and Roundup. Unless people step up to volunteer as admins for maintaining a Roundup-based Python issue tracker, the PSF will choose JIRA. I walked the walk and volunteered myself. I know there must be other people out there who would like to see a Python-based project be selected over a Java project. Any takers? Send an email by Oct. 16th to infrastructure at stating your intention to volunteer. All it takes is 8 to 10 people.

Pybots news

I'm happy to report that the Pybots project continues to gain momentum. In raw numbers, we have 8 buildslaves running the automated tests for 17 projects, and also testing the installation of 18 other packages. Pretty impressive, if I may say so myself. This table is copied from the main page and shows the current setup:

Builder nameProject(s) testedPre-requisites installedOwnerx86 Red Hat 9Twistedsetuptools, zope.interface, pycrypto, pyOpenSSLGrig Gheorghiux86 Debian Unstabledocutils, roundupN/ASeo Sanghyeonx86 Ubuntu DapperparsedatetimesetuptoolsMike Taylor (Bear)x86 OSXvobject, zanshinsetuptools, zope.interface, TwistedMike Taylor (Bear)x86 Gentoopysqlite, Genshi, Trac, feedvalidatorclearsilver, pysqliteManuzhaiamd64 Ubuntu DapperMySQLdb, CherryPyN/AElliot Murphyx86 Windows 2003lxml (dev, stable) Bazaar (dev, stable)libxml2, libxslt, zlib, iconvSidnei da Silvax86 Ubuntu BreezyCheesecakesetuptools, nose, logilab-astng, pylintGrig Gheorghiu
Some more projects and buildsl…