On Thu, Jul 13, 2006 at 02:03:22PM -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I would like to propose, although I certainly don't have time to implement, a program by which Python-using projects could contribute buildslaves which would run their projects' tests with the latest Python trunk.
An excellent idea!
It's a constant source of anxiety to me that I might miss some key feature addition to Python which breaks or distorts some key bit of Twisted functionality (as the new-style exceptions, or recent ImportWarning almost did) because I don't have enough time to follow all the threads here.
So don't read threads -- just try the alphas and betas! The "What's New" documents have a 'porting' section that flags changes that may require application changes, but items are added only if I think of them or if someone suggests them (e.g. generator.gi_frame can be None in Python 2.5 -- I would never have thought people would have code that broke because of this).
While the new python.org is very nice, I do note that there's no "blogs" entry on the front page, something which has become a fixture on almost every other website I visit regularly.
A 'Blogs' link could be trivially added by linking to planet.python.org, though the blogs collected there are not in any way 'the Python developers', but a jumble of developers and users. I don't think enough core developers have weblogs (or write about Python) to make a 'python-dev only' planet very useful.
mainly a listing of releases and events. There's no forum for getting the community _excited_ about new features (especially new features which are explicitly enabled by potential breakages), and selling them on the cool uses.
I think the venue for this would be weblog entries or news sites such as oreillynet.com. I do worry that we don't have enough people writing articles and things, but have no idea how to encourage people to write more.