28 Oct 2000 fdrake   » (Master)

Well, Guido sent out the announcement about the move to Digital Creations today, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief:

--sigh--

Checkin mail from SourceForge this week hasn't been working at all, and we haven't been able to get ahold of them to see how we can help. It's really hard to develop anything when we don't know what anyone else is actually getting done, and patches aren't getting reviewed. Hopefully this will get fixed soon, but their MTA seems to be botched. That's what happens when you run sendmail with more traffic than it can handle. ;-(

I have managed to get a lot of tedious stuff done in spite of the SourceForge mail problems and wrapping up talks with our new employer. Most of the Python standard library has been run through Tim Peter's reindent.py script, which gets rid of hard tabs, trailing whitespace, blank lines at the end of the files, and, most importantly, converts everything to 4-space indents! Now we just need to write the style guide and include it in the standard Python documentation. The XML package documentation is starting to fall into place, and I've written a lot more of the "LaTeX Primer" for the Documenting Python manual.

The people at iUnivere don't seem to be interested in updating their "on-demand" published Python manuals to recent versions of the documentation, so I'm interested in finding someone who wants to publish short runs or on-demand copies of the most interesting parts of the Python documentation. One of the problems is that few people want to buy printed copies, and the other is that there's a lot of it. Or are people really keen on printing their own?

(If you know of a publisher of open source documentation interested in short-run work, please let me know about them!)

I've started to receive comments from people who want to see the bzip2 version of the documentation kept around, with the suggestion that people are more likely to switch if they knew how much shorter the download was. I've changed the documentation download page so the file sizes are available; we'll see if that makes a difference.

While between employers, I created a new project on SourceForge; it's called "GPath -- A C Library for Path Algebras. A neat idea; we'll have to see if it's really useful, though!

Enough chatter, I need to walk the dog.

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