The Montreal-Python user group (http://montrealpython.org/) is hosting a sprint on the 21st of April to work on Distutils2. I will lead the sprint and commit the patches into the main distutils2 and cpython repositories, with the help of a few local hackers. If you live in Montreal, bring your laptop and your enthusiasm, we will provide the food and the good times! No previous knowledge of Distutils2 is required, just general Python skills.
Distutils2, as many of you know, is the official successor of Distutils. It aims to be a better, more flexible and more featureful packaging tool for Python authors, as well as a collection of reusable modules implementing the PEPs produced by the distutils-sig third-party packaging tools developers. Everybody loves pip and buildout :) With the first beta versions of Distutils2 and Python 3.3 (which includes Distutils2) coming in June, we are planning a series of sprints to make it ready for prime time.
During the sprint, the organization team will guide you through the codebase and provide help and review if you need them. Previous sprints held in Montreal have improved Distutils2, and the participants have had fun and learned things, in line with their motto “For hacks and glory!”. Why don’t you come along for the next one and put your mark on a Python release?
The good folks at Radialpoint have graciously provided us with space and free pizza. Come join us on Saturday, the 21st of April, from 12pm to 7pm.
The address is: 2050 Bleury Street Suite 300 Map: http://g.co/maps/cuaxc
Registration: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/3261945567 (preferable but not required)