[IPython-dev] Comments about IPython.frontend, getting ready for merge of ipython-sync-frontend

Barry Wark barrywark at gmail.com
Sat Aug 9 12:16:37 EDT 2008

On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 6:49 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 8, 2008 at 7:15 AM, Barry Wark <barrywark at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Besides trivial chanes (e.g. spliitting frontendbase into frontendbase
>> and asyncfrontendbase et al), the most significant diff between Gael's
>> branch and mine is that I've made the concept of an execution Block
>> more explicit. Instead of just an input string, a block is now an
>> object containing prompts, input and output as well as, possibly,
>> sub-blocks. The Block maps, conceptually, pretty directly to a
>> Mathematica notebook cell (you can see the Block definition in my
>> ipython-frontend2 brach:IPython/frontend/frontendbase.py). I believe
>> that the API for FrontEndBase can be made largely backwards
>> compatible, but some of the internal implementation must change to
>> support passing around Blocks instead of just strings.
>> OK, so I'd say the conflicts will not be too serious. They may be
>> serious enough to merge one at a time, especially working up to a
>> release. I'll hold off on my branch until things settle out from
>> Gael's merge.
> Sounds good.  Yes, I do worry about breaking too much right before a
> release.  Even though we know this will be somewhat of a 'tech
> preview' release, we don't want to have a massive mess for users.
> I'm working on reviewing the other branches and merging the rest right now.

I think that's the best plan. Thanks for managing the merging.

>>> And will you be attending SciPy?  It seems Brian will be there, and so
>>> will Gael and Stefan, so we may have a bunch of people simultaneously
>>> available to discuss and hack (and anyone else on the list who will
>>> make it to scipy is obviously welcome!).
>> Unfortunately, I can't make it. I'd be happy to check in remotely
>> (Skype etc.) while you all are working if that makes sense.
> Bummer.  We'll irc/skype then.  We should plan on having you come down
> to Berkeley sometime later though.  I'll look into the logistics of a
> sprint at Berkeley for perhaps early next year.
> Cheers,
> f

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