[SciPy-dev] [Slightly OT] Karl Fogel's “Producing Open Source Software”

David M. Cooke cookedm at physics.mcmaster.ca
Mon Jan 9 13:31:39 CST 2006


Fernando Perez <Fernando.Perez at colorado.edu> writes:

> David M.Cooke wrote:
>> On Jan 9, 2006, at 13:13 , Robert Kern wrote:
>> 
>>>David M. Cooke wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Is there anything in particular you'd suggest? I've had a quick look
>>>>before, and the thing that stuck to me was code review. I think
>>>>something like a checkins list would help cover that. I'd also like
>>>>an RSS feed of checkins, b/c I check those a lot :). I think there's
>>>>a plugin for Trac (0.9 at least) that'll do that...
>>>
>>>Look at the bottom of
>>>
>>>http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/scipy/timeline
>>>http://projects.scipy.org/scipy/numpy/timeline
>>>
>>>Hopefully these URLs will be stable.
>> 
>> 
>> Thanks! Not perfect -- you only get the change comment in the feed,  
>> not the diff or at least the files changed, but it's better than  
>> nothing :-)
>
> Yes, we could also enable a post-commit hook for svn which sends emails, and 
> create a pair of numpy-svn and a scipy-svn mailing lists as the target.  Those 
> with a need for staying really on top of the development can then subscribe to 
> these lists.
>
> I did that for ipython a while ago, so I can help here if need be (ipython is 
> hosted on the same setup that numpy and scipy are, we are all under the 
> Virtualmin host system).


This could also be useful: http://cheeseshop.python.org/pypi/SvnReporter/

> Other good things I found in the book:
>
> - make sure wikis are well organized: wikis, as a side effect of the very 
> flexibility that keeps makes them so useful, have a tendency to grow in a 
> rather 'organic' fashion.  This is nice-speak for 'turning into a 
> disorganized, un-navigable mess'.  So good super-structure and navigational 
> aids (Table of Contents wiki macros help a lot) are key for a wiki to be truly 
> useful.

Should we start pushing to fill the trac wiki with developer-like
stuff -- reasons behind decisions, rough areas that need to be worked
on, what file does what, that kind of thing?

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