[Edu-sig] Crunchy features!

Johannes Woolard johannes.wollard at gmail.com
Sun Dec 17 16:55:57 CET 2006


I'm not sure how many of you remember me, I was that Summer of Code
student working on Crunchy with André Roberge. Sadly I've been rather
busy for the past few months and so haven't been able to participate
much in Crunchy or the edu-sig.

Anyways, I'm off to Germany in a couple of days to visit grandparents
- and so will have far too much spare time to devote to Python coding
and other such forms of enjoyment. I'll be there for 10 days and
wanted to implement some worthwhile feature for Crunchy: The problem
is, I can't decide what - so I though I would ask you guys what you
want to see in there... I assume (from your responses on this list)
that at least a few of you have tried Crunchy and have ideas for it's
future development.

A couple of people have suggested/endorsed the idea of having some way
of centrally collating doctest results from a group of students and
giving students a way to hand in work through crunchy. This would take
the form of a seperate server that would simply receive doctest
results from clients and spew out statistics. It would also enable
markers to view code, created by studnts in crunchy, from a
centralized repository - even after the students have logged off and
gone home. That's one idea.

Another idea is to create some kind of VLAM creator (VLAM is the
markup used by Crunchy to embed interactive elements). This would
simply find all the likely candidate elements in a given document and
give the user a GUI method of converting them to VLAM. This would make
the creation of new Crunchy tutorials even more trivial!

Does anyone else have suggestions/votes on what I should implement?

While I'm at it I might as well mention our new repository: Crunchy
development is now hosted by Google Code Hosting at
Someday I'll get round to adding some proper development docs to the
wiki, but in the meantime if anyone would like to help develop Crunchy
or create new material for it - then as always just ask André or
myself what needs doing. Or just go ahead and write some cool feature
and send it to us.



Johannes Woolard,
Entz Rep,
Oriel College, Oxford,
0X1 4EW

mobile: +44 7847 679381

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