[Chicago] Looking for a well designed yet sizable project to read

Tathagata Dasgupta tathagatadg at gmail.com
Sat Mar 12 16:59:45 CET 2011

Thank you so much for the reply Kumar...
Umm, ... Zamboni and playdoh looks like Megatron, compared to my
Python mileage, (I haven't yet written a django app :( ... ). But
these'll be great resources to look up - robust on security,
scalability and standards. But the projects that I have to finish by
the end of the semester, is something like a code-documentation
traceability link finder and does not need to have a web ui/usability
(but I'm purposely trying to add it, and some nice guy on SO suggested
to use http://bottlepy.org/ for my simplistic need). Of course, after
last Thursday I can't think of leaving out matplotlib (thanks Ken :) )
to show some nice petty plots.

BTW, there seems to be a number of projects that exist like monolithic
.py file - is that good design?

On Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 8:16 AM, Kumar McMillan
<kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 12, 2011 at 12:50 AM, Tathagata Dasgupta
> <tathagatadg at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Can you point me to some manageable sized project which I can read to
>> understand how I should design my projects in Python?
>> Links and tips of best practices would be really great to have ...
>> And lastly no Python programmer would probably feel good to let django
>> slip away from his toolkit; there are too many resources out there too
>> ... but any django 101 talk coming up anytime soon?
> Hello Tathagata.
> I was sorry to miss this meeting but it conflicted with PyCon :(  Big
> ChiPy representation here in ATL though!
> Since you also mention your interest in Django you could take a look
> at a project I work on called Zamboni:
> https://github.com/jbalogh/zamboni/
> It's very large so the code base will take some time to grok.  There
> are install docs which explains how to set everything up:
> http://jbalogh.github.com/zamboni/topics/installation/
> This is a Django app that powers https://addons.mozilla.org/ , which
> is has a lot of features for scaling and enhanced security that you
> don't get using out-of-the-box Django.  Actually, the core of it has
> been extracted out into a skeleton you could use for your own Django
> apps if you wanted: https://github.com/mozilla/playdoh  It's a bit
> heavyweight since it's intended mainly for high traffic sites
> localized in many languages--sites that kiddies spend all day trying
> to hack--so it may not be for everyone.
> The Zamboni code is well designed IMO (I only started working on it
> recently); it follows PEP8 standards, it follows general Django
> standards, has pretty good docs, has about 1800 tests, and uses lots
> of helpful 3rd party and custom modules.  The one thing that's a
> little odd about it is it doesn't use virtualenv for production
> (although we use it for development).  I wouldn't necessary suggest
> following this pattern although it has some benefits.  For Mozilla, it
> was necessary because we have 24 webheads that run Django and it
> slowed us down pulling in packages from a PyPI server for each deploy
> on each webhead.  Instead, all dependencies are checked into git so
> that you can just run git pull to get diffs applied.
> Let me know if you have any questions.
> Kumar

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