[Python-Dev] re: Open Source design competition / Python / software tools

Ka-Ping Yee ping@lfw.org
Fri, 24 Dec 1999 00:55:28 -0800 (PST)

On Wed, 22 Dec 1999 gvwilson@nevex.com wrote:
> To kick-start things, we're going to be holding a two-round design
> competition.  Anyone (individual or team, professional or student) can
> submit a short entry for the first round; the judges will pick four
> candidates to go forward in each of four categories, and those
> individuals or teams will be asked to submit full entries. The four
> categories are:
> * an issue tracking system to replace Gnats and Bugzilla;

Hi there.

At ILM we've been using a system that i hacked up quickly in Python
called "Roundup".  It has a number of interesting properties that
have made it really useful to us, and arguably better than any of
the existing open-source bug-tracking things out there that i know
of.  It is not just a Web app; it lives between the Web and e-mail,
because we do so much of our communication that way.

For example, each request item gets its own virtual mailing list,
updated on the fly without the need for explicit subscription (if
you cc: somebody while discussing the bug, they get subscribed).
Empirically i've discovered that unsubscription is actually
unnecessary (!) because conversation will stop on a topic when it
gets resolved or when it ceases to be interesting.  These are
fine-grained discussion lists on a per-topic level.

This is just to let you know i'm interested.  I'm currently asking
for permission to open-source Roundup; if it can't be done, or
doesn't happen quickly enough, i'll just have to take a weekend and
rewrite the thing.  There were a few things i wanted to fix anyway.

-- ?!ng

"You should either succeed gloriously or fail miserably.  Just getting
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