[SciPy-Dev] SciPy Central in GSoC 2013

Surya Kasturi suryak@ieee....
Wed Apr 10 22:14:14 CDT 2013


On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 8:39 AM, Surya Kasturi <suryak@ieee.org> wrote:

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> On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:01 AM, Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers@gmail.com>wrote:
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>> On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 12:13 PM, Surya Kasturi <suryak@ieee.org> wrote:
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>>> On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:50 AM, Ralf Gommers <ralf.gommers@gmail.com>wrote:
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>>>> On Tue, Apr 9, 2013 at 6:06 AM, Surya Kasturi <suryak@ieee.org> wrote:
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>>>>> Hi everyone,
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>>>>> How about SciPy Central on GSoC 2013?
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>>>>> I was thinking to participate in GSoC this year and thought of
>>>>> contributing to this project as GSoC student. Firstly, I was luck enough to
>>>>> find SPC which closely matched my interests. Since, I am already slightly
>>>>> familiar with the existing code, made some small contributions, I thought
>>>>> it would be very nice to continue my work as GSoC student during summer.
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>>>>> Is it possible?
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>>>> Hi Surya, it's definitely possible I think. And a good idea. Improving
>>>> SciPy Central meets the requirements for a project set by Google and you've
>>>> already met the requirement of submitting at least one patch before
>>>> applying.
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>>> Thanks
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>>>  I would encourage you to start working on a proposal, and discuss it
>>>> on this list. Maybe you've seen this already, but just in case:
>>>> http://wiki.python.org/moin/SummerOfCode/Application
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>>>> I have some ideas in mind.
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>>> 1. Making SPC more dynamic. Lets say, we put the
>>> current functionality over a Content Management System (Django-CMS). We can
>>> create new pages, add new content dynamically (on fly), change page layout
>>> dynamically etc... Simply we can make the site like a extended version of
>>> blogger/ wordpress but not really a blog!
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>> Dynamic sounds good, but I have trouble picturing what added
>> functionality that will bring. Probably due to me not knowing much about
>> Django. Is it mostly for admins to create new features and do design
>> changes quicker, or are you allowing users to do new things?
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> Well, its mostly for admin guys. If achieved to a marginal level.. this is
> what we will achieve.
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> 1. We can add static pages dynamically i.e., create pages on fly and add
> static content to it.
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> uses: Suppose we want to create a page call "rules" to provide some rules
> to the users.. we don't have to edit the source code
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> 2. Similarly, we can edit header, footer, right-side-bar etc.. add content
> to it, replace on fly
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> 3. These two are my primary targets... may be we can achieve others too.
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>>> This has been in my mind over long time -- just didn't find opportunity
>>> to express as I was working on new design and  I was new to the code base
>>> and couldn't dare to challenge such a big enhancement directly without even
>>> knowing how existing code is!
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>> You have >3 months full time, so being ambitious (but realistic) is good:)
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> Yeah :)
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>>  2. Commenting system for submissions
>>> 3. Add points to submissions and reputation for users.
>>> 4. Improve search
>>> 5. API, Open Id (sign up), Feeds
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>> These all look useful.
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> Improving search -- is something I said vaguely. If I  need to come up
> with specific feature.. May be we can add features like
> "search only snippets", "search only files" etc..
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> Please let me know if there are any other ideas too.
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>>> 6. Looking for other suggestions, ideas etc..even GSoC project proposal
>>> as a whole.
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>> What about version control and sharing of the code snippets? I see
>> there's now hg support only but the infrastructure is prepared to add git
>> (and other dvcs's). Also submitting gists somehow and making improvements
>> of existing snippets as easy as possible could be interesting.
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> Yeah, spc only supports Hg for now but do we really require another dvcs,
> git? adding the code as gists is an interesting idea. We can use Github API
> to do that when submitting..
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> 1. We can totally depend on Github Gists for source code.. as soon as
> someone submits snippets, we just create a gist and embed in the site. The
> problem here is that, we loose complete control over code.
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> 2. We can just give the gist as substitute to the existing functionality.
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>>> Should I try to come up with a one big idea or some 4-5 small ideas
>>> (number depends on time frame, complexity etc)? Some of the above ideas are
>>> simple and don't really require total GSoC time (Open Id, Feeds)
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>> Either one major idea or several smaller related ones are OK. However
>> keep in mind that even if you have just one feature/delivery, you should
>> make a project plan that has intermediate milestones. This is for several
>> reasons - it helps you feel you're making progress, your mentor and the
>> community can see that things are moving forward as planned, it helps with
>> the formal evaluation halfway through GSoC, etc.
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> Okay.
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>> Cheers,
>> Ralf
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> I guess mentor is a problem for spc...
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and I totally forgot. As far as I have seen the source code there isn't any
caching mechanism on the server side. May be we can add "memcached" to the
existing site.. this would improve the performance of the site a lot..
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