README.rst -- Tools for teaching the open source projects seminar @ RIT
This is an all-purpose repository for storing some content, but mostly tools for teaching the open source projects seminar @ RIT.
Future tools could include things like scripts to produce blog/commit/unittest statistics. This is also a place the syllabus could live, where students could fork and produce pull requests.
Setting up your environment
Before you can do anything with this (build the documentation or run any of the scripts) you'll need to setup and activate a python virtualenv. Run the following at the command prompt...
On Linux/Mac OS X
If you don't have virtualenv installed yet, try:
$ sudo easy_install virtualenv virtualenvwrapper
If you're using a distro like Fedora or Ubuntu, you should try this isntead:
$ sudo yum install python-virtualenv
Once you have virtualenv installed, you should be able to run:
$ virtualenv --no-site-packages -p python2 sphinxenv $ source sphinxenv/bin/activate $ git clone email@example.com:YOUR_USERNAME/posse.git $ cd posse $ python setup.py develop
At the windows command prompt:
$ virtualenv --no-site-packages -p python2 sphinxenv $ sphinxenv/Scripts/activate.bat
In msysGit or git-bash:
$ git clone firstname.lastname@example.org:YOUR_USERNAME/posse.git
Back in the windows command prompt:
$ cd posse $ python setup.py develop
Building the "Documentation"
The "documentation" for the course (the syllabus, all the homework assignments,
notes on the lectures) are all kept in the
doc/ directory of this
repository. The files all end with the extension
.rst which is the file
extension for the reStructuredText markup
language. They are all furthermore tied together the the sphinx framework for
building integrated docs.
You might notice that the syllabus, et. al. is hosted on
http://readthedocs.org/. The upstream github repository has a hook installed
that automatically triggers a
git pull at http://readthedocs.org from
http://github.com. Thus, every time we change the docs here, they are
automatically re-built into HTML for us and posted online. Awesome!
This however means that we should be careful before we push anything to github,
or it will 'go live'. To be careful, you should rebuild the documentation
locally (on your machine) to check that whatever modifications you made to the
.rst files actually renders into the HTML that you want.
In order to do that, first make sure you have your virtualenv activated.
Being certain of that, in the root directory, simply run:
$ sphinx-build -b html doc html-output
The html documentation will be generated in
html-output/html/index.html to see if it exists.
If your machine complains that 'sphinx-build' is a command that could
not be found, try running "$ python setup.py develop" in the root of the
posse repository first. That
setup.py file contains
information about all other open source projects that are required for
this project, and will automatically install them from
data/students.yaml file is a structured data file that keeps track of
all the students in the class and metadata about them. Using this file and the
lib/posse/model/students.py we can build scripts that count
how many lines of code each student modifies each week, or how many
words/blogpost, or whatever we like.
The data format (YAML) can be a little prickly though. It is whitespace-sensitive, meaning that how many spaces you put before an entry on each line has an impact on how the data is interpreted. It also means that tabs and spaces are distinctly different in their meaning. It also means that editing such a file is easy to mess up.
In order to ensure that you don't introduce any unparseable errors into the
file, there is a script in
lib/posse/model/validate.py that reads in the
file and checks each entry. You should run it after every time you edit
In order to run the
validate.py script, make sure you have your
In the root of the cloned source directory, run:
$ python lib/posse/model/validate.py