T-Mithy Myddletin writes:
might be interested know that I have tonight added a bunch of new fields to the Vaults of Parnassus database...
One field that might be interesting is, for lack of a better name, a 'status' field that said whether a project is maintained or unmaintained. (Maybe Maintained: yes|no ...) Sometimes it's useful to find any code that's helpful, even if no one is keeping it up-to-date; it's a starting point, anyway.
I don't know if this is motivation or not, but Vaults of Parnassus is ready (and even eagre) to attempt some sort of integration with Distutils distributions whenever Distutils is ready to be adopted. In time we might even be able to work up a little client of some sort, like Perl has, for easy searching, downloading, and install.
I think that would be possible without too much difficulty; the major issue, besides user interface, is where to find the latest tarball containing the actual code; Parnassus points to human-readable Web pages, not directly to the .tgz file, and it probably shouldn't have a pointer to it. How does CPAN handle this? Does it list foo-*.tgz and take the one where * is the highest version number?