TL;DR: Yapsy v1.12 has been released with fixes for Python3.6 and multiprocessing on windows.
So, after 3 years
sleeping busy with a fair bit of work and family duties joyful activities, I eventually got some time to actually release Yapsy – the fat-free DIY python plugin management toolkit.
There was a fair bit of contributions (compared to the modest size of the project), that I’m sorry not to have released earlier but which bring some nice polishing to yapsy.
The most prominent news I think is a better compatibility with modern Python (esp. 3.6) and the resolution of a nasty bug that made the instantiation of plugins in their own (sub)processes (with the Multiprocessing Plugin Manager) impossible on Windows (changelog below).
Here we go for a review of Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams, 2013 (1st edition in 1987) by Tom DeMarco, Tim Lister. Another long overdue review since I read the book twice again since I first decided to write this review.
This is a book about teams of software developers, what makes them produce exceptional software and how (for the management) to avoid being in their way of such a noble aim. To me, this is also the logical sequel to the Mythical Man Month (reviewed here a few years ago).
The core idea is that developing a software product is an intellectual work (of communication and reflection) in an environment (market and technology) that is changing fast.
I would group the other main ideas in the following categories:
- software projects are unlike traditional ones
- teams and motivations
- creativity and change management
Wateronmars — my news reader and bookmark saving web app — has recently got some new features: every items (feed sources and bookmarks) can now be easily edited and removed.
Not too soon, right ? I’ve actually been using it since a little more than 1 year to consume my feeds and store some links and the need to edit a bookmark title or to un-subscribe from some feed wasn’t a big urge, but eventually became big enough to motivate to add the missing forms and bit of REST API.
This was also the occasion to clean a little more some of the pages, which, in turn, is a just a prelude of the next big feature to come: internationalization (more on that later).
The result has a certain feeling of completeness and can be seen on the demo site on heroku and in the sources on github.
Yapsy – my fat-free DIY python plugin management toolkit — has recently jumped from 1.10 to 1.11 with a great new contribution: allowing plugins to run in their own processes separated from the plugin manager’s (and presumably the application’s) own process.
Adding brand new features is not very frequent for Yapsy (last time was 2 years and a half ago !) but it doesn’t prevent people from using it and contributing to it, which I find really nice.
Besides the features there has been also a fair number of bug fixes contributed which, I guess, can be interpreted as a good sign (even though I’d prefer to have it bug-free).
All of this was the occasion to improve a little more the documentation (also on readthedoc) to be more helpful and make sure that people know how and where to contribute (spoiler: github pull requests are perfectly fine if you’ve lost your sourceforge credentials and don’t intend to get them back ;) )
You can read more on the latest release notes:
My son, 1 year old and he got “style”.