Special Interest Group (SIG) Reports
GUI Sig (Jim Fulton)
- We're not trying to come up with a standard for GUI
- What we want is a GUI tool that can have a goal of a
broad availablity to a large subset of the Python audience
- Formed the GUI SIG as a forum to discuss this
- Meet Thursday to continue the debate and have the "bake off"
Locator SIG (Paul Everitt)
- Problem: people can only find python software by connecting
to Python.org and surfing for information randomly.
- Goal: Make software easier to find
- Added the search engine on the home page
- Looking for ideas and support
- Will a centralized software registry work for people?
- Most attendees agreed they would use a s/w registry
if it were available.
- Firewalls could be a problem to using such a tool
- Looking for things that Guido does *not* have to do
- Idea from last time (quite ambitious) run harvest indexer
through all the modules indexing doc strings.
- Nice idea but most folks will not conform to writing doc strings...
- This group is *not* the documentation SIG, the goal is to find
- We need a small set of standards for a bare bones indexing
- After software, we need a service to locate people with python
Matrix SIG (Jim Fulton - Jim H. - MIT)
- Problem: lots of matrix and other computational fortran code
out there - would be nice to interface this via python
- Jim Fultun presented a tool at the last workshop that provided
a standard interface to matrix code written in fortran.
- goal of the sig is to standardize on one method
- Current status - the interface works
- Also implemented a *complex* number object
- in another month it should be ready for review by Guido
for possible inclusion in python
- very fast!
Documentation SIG (Michael McLay)
- If you don't standardize the format for which the information
is submitted, it's very tough to automate anything
- Charter: create a forum for document form and content
- Model our project after the linux documentation project
- Format options - postscript, HTML, info , troff, pyc files?
- Subject Matter - Python core, extention modules, applications,
- PSA stamp of approval as an incentive
Programming Environment SIG (Ken Manheimer)
- This SIG is new
- Goal: To produce a set of tools for use in developing python
- readline, python-mode (emacs), environment browsers, documentation,
standards for documentation, and of course the core interpreter
- More during tommorrows session
PythonWin SIG (Mark Hammond)
- Mostly a forum for submitting bugs
- Mark has most of the postings
- More during the PythonWin tutorial
- thus far Mark's been conservative with postings on
the Microsoft software news groups for fear of being swamped
- A SIG to debate the creating of new SIGS