[IPython-dev] Tentative release plans...

Brian Granger ellisonbg.net at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 18:25:59 EDT 2008

I am all for this.  There are a few other things that must be done for
this release:

1.  The docs need to be updated to reflect the merge.  The most
important things are the install docs and some of the parallel
computing stuff.

2.  Some bugs with setup.py and friends.  The data files are broken
right now and last night I found some bugs with .txt files in the
testing dirs not being included in the package_data

3.  Dependencies.  We now have lots of code that has optional
dependencies (like Twisted, zope.interface, pyobjc, etc.).  We need to
really make sure these are truly optional and don't cause problems for
users who don't have these things installed.

Sounds like I should file some tickets :)



On Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 2:55 PM, Fernando Perez <fperez.net at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> how does a quick release next week sound for everyone?  Rationale: we
> all seem to agree that making more frequent releases to checkpoint
> development is good for the project, and recently we've had a large
> merge of all the previous ip1 code and docs, as well as all the
> frontend scaffolding.  I'd like to push for a release next week
> because we're almost done with the two things that in my mind were
> necessary:
> - process control, so it's easier to start/stop engines/controllers
> from within a python standalone script.  Min is hard at work on this.
> - testing: many of our recent headaches are due to our lack of testing
> for the core code in ip0, and with the upcoming frondend refactoring
> not having this fixed would simply be catastrophic.  I've thus
> 'enjoyed' for the last few days a knee-deep excursion into the
> intertwined jungle of unittest/doctest/nose and I'm almost done (will
> be by the weekend) with  a nose plugin that recognizes ipython
> docstrings, standalone ipython sessions and extension code with
> docstrings.  This will give us a way to quickly turn interactive
> sessions into doctests so anyone who's about to refactor some big
> piece of code can simply first paste a working session and then go
> hog-wild with the refactoring, safely knowing that any breakage will
> be automatically caught by the tests.
> The suggested timing is also due to the fact that Brian and I will
> both be together for a few days at a conference in San Diego, so we
> can find lunch/evening times to work and push the testing and
> logistics of a release.
> How does this sound to everyone?
> Keep in mind that we DON'T need to have everything in place!  We're
> trying to make releases reasonably frequently, so as long as we
> clearly mark what's ready and what's not yet, it's OK.  I just don't
> want to catch anyone in mid-stride with any specific changes.
> Cheers,
> f
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