[C++-sig] [boost] [Python] GSoC and Python 3.0 Support
s_sourceforge at nedprod.com
Wed Mar 11 21:50:08 CET 2009
On 11 Mar 2009 at 13:42, Ravi wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 March 2009 12:38:55 Haoyu Bai wrote:
> > > 1. Thread safety
> > > 2. PyFinalize support
> > > 3. Easier methods to write to_python/from_python converters
> > > 4. Python 3.0 support
> > > 5. Ability to extend the fundamental PyTypeObject used by boost.python
My thread safety patch is still working to my knowledge. It sure
would be lovely to have it officially integrated. I'd also like to
see PyFinalize working though maybe not "complete" in the sense of a
total cleanup (just "good enough").
I would say that any GSoC project should choose *one* of the above
rather than try combining them. Better to do one thing well and in
stages than many things at once (unless you have loads of spare
I have been out of commission development-wise during the last few
years as I have been undertaking some very time consuming academic
study - hence I have been very quiet on here. However, I finally
become free come this June and at long, long last I finally can
return to my own self-directed study (but now I have a whole pile of
bits of paper to officially say I can do what I was already capable
of). I will certainly be updating my TnFOX library for sure anyway,
and that means fresh Python bindings.
> > Thanks! Seems there's a lot of interesting. So would anyone willing to
> > mentor this?
> Sadly, I suspect that finding a mentor will be difficult (perhaps even more
> difficult than the actual project). Off the top of my head, the following
> folks come to mind:
> - Dave Abrahams
> - Stefan Seefeld
> - Ralf Grosse-Kunstleve
> - Roman Yakovenko
> You might try contacting them off list or on c++-sig (cc'ed on this email).
It's not /quite/ as easy as that ... Google want a mentoring
organisation rather than just a mentor and it has to be an approved
one. I could volunteer as mentor but I wouldn't qualify as I don't
come with an organisation attached. I'd need an approved organisation
to adopt me.
> I did not mean to imply that the features I requested should be part of your
> GSoC. Thread safety & PyFinalize support would each be worth a GSoC project
> just by themselves, IMHO. If you will be tackling python 3.0 support, it might
> be possible to combine it with greater support for embedding python since much
> of the work in both aspects would be about wrapping python C API for C++
As mentioned before, thread safety is actually fairly trivial as all
the required work is already done. There is certainly some work
involved in writing a test suite and making my patch much more
generic as my patch was specifically designed to be diff-friendly to
any Boost alterations, and it doesn't make for good code. I would be
happy to mentor this project if we can find an approved mentoring
organisation to adopt me. It certainly would be a good GSoC for a
PyFinalize() is likely just a hard slog in catching all the code
paths you wouldn't expect. It's harder than thread safety, but doable
as a GSoc.
Adding Python 3.0 support ... I am afraid I have no idea as I've been
out of the coding scene for two years now, but it does sound big and
complex. But it's something I'm interested in though I'd be not much
use as a mentor except as in general Boost.Python programming.
So, I guess you got a bit of a mentor if you'd like. BTW, I couldn't
start mentoring till the start of June as I have my final project due
then. But that fits the GSoC timetable just perfect.
If you want to know more about my suitability, search this mailing
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