The late Fedora Summer coder

I started my Fedora Summer Coding last week. Although most people started almost two months ago, I chose (and was allowed to – Yay, FSC!) a different schedule because I just finished college last week.

This summer I’ll be working on a new project for Fedora – Copr. Fedora Copr will allow any Fedorian to have their own package repository with packages built and hosted by Fedora’s Infrastructure. My mentor this summer will be Toshio, I’ve always enjoyed working with him and this summer will be no different. Here is my actual FSC proposal. Although the things written in that proposal are turning out to be a bit inaccurate, it’s still a good bird’s eye view of what I’m going to do this summer.

So about the first week. Things started really slow. I did a lot of orientation, certainly more than I thought I would. I hadn’t used TurboGears2 before, though I had worked with TurboGears 1.x on Fedora’s pkgdb. When I started out I had only a TG2 automatically generated skeleton app – well it’s mostly the same now, though at least I now know a lot more about what’s in there. The fact that I had to start it up myself meant I had to learn a lot of things about TG2 that I would’ve normally just copied from other parts of a fully-functional project. And that was a great experience. In a way it’s fulfilling to be able to pioneer things in this way ;). I’m trying to only ask my mentor questions about designing the actual app and solve my “How do I … in TurboGears/Python?” questions elsewhere. My mentor has always given me a lot of independence when working on things and that feels really good, though at times I feel inexperienced. There’s the thought that the project I’m working on will be used by a lot of technical users and I’m really not sure what my decisions’ impact will be on the whole project.

I’m mostly on time with my mock-up schedule because I had set the first week for orienteering. I also wrote the DB schema for Coprs, though that was on the second week. That doesn’t mean I’m ahead of schedule however, because I’ll probably have a lot to work on the Copr controllers, and a lot of documenting and designing.

I’m proud that I setup testing after a day of wading through the scattered documentation of TurboGears2 testing. There’s mostly no documentation on testing on the TurboGears2.0 docs website. So I went to the python nose webpage. But they don’t have any info on the TurboGears2 web helpers which I needed to use. So I went to pylonshq docs about testing, but they use a slightly different syntax because they’re using paste.fixture. I finally found the TurboGears2.1 testing docs which was what I really needed. It turns out that TurboGears 2.x uses WebTest.

So now I have testing. My project is not supposed to have any web interface at this point, so writing tests is the easiest way to prove that things are actually working.

This next week I’ll probably get some work done on Copr controllers. Implementing the ability to CRUD Coprs and Repos.

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