[IPython-dev] IPython development news and prospects

Andrew Straw strawman at astraw.com
Thu Jan 17 04:07:11 EST 2008

IIRC, way back in the day (2003?) traits (1.x?) was pure-Python. I think 
there's a good chance you could grab it and run it as is, simply 
updating the API.

Fernando Perez wrote:
> On Jan 15, 2008 12:20 PM, Gael Varoquaux <gael.varoquaux at normalesup.org> wrote:
>> Very interesting. I think there is no way you could use Traits as
>> extensively as we use it in Traits-based project, doing reactive
>> programming using Traits callback. However, for a small use, this seems
>> like a good idea.
> yes, we certainly couldn't use any of the real 'traits way', since we
> would only implement the minimal stuff necessary for something like
> tconfig to exist (except with support only for a few basic types being
> validated).
>> I wonder whether you shouldn't simply try to patch Traits, as there is
>> only one C file. So you could provide a replacement to it. I don't know
>> what Dave Morrill (the author of Traits, for those who do not know) would
>> think about this, but I think it would be a good idea.
> Before I bug David M, I'd like to have a little test of my own, just
> to get a better feel for whether the whole idea even makes any sense
> at all in practice.  This is one of those cases where working code
> will end all arguments: if it's really easy just to write the little
> piece we want, then that's OK, and we move on.  If it becomes rapidly
> clear that there's a slippery slope of having to do half of the real
> traits, I'll just punt and rethink the whole question.
> Cheers,
> f
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