SymPy Online Shell
Online Shell for SymPy (sympy-live) is a simple web application based on Google App Engine, which allows to evaluate Python code with SymPy in web browsers.
Google App Engine has intrinsic 30 second request handling limit, so each evaluation request is a subject to this limit. There are also other limits related to memory consumption, output size, etc. (see Google App Engine documentation for details).
Download and unpack most recent Google App Engine SDK for Python from http://code.google.com/appengine/downloads.html, e.g.:
$ wget http://googleappengine.googlecode.com/files/google_appengine_1.5.1.zip $ unzip google_appengine_1.5.1.zip
On the Mac, it is a disk image with an application, which you should drag to your Applications folder. Open the program and install the symlinks (it should ask you the first time you open the application, but if it doesn't, choose "Make Symlinks..." from the GoogleAppEngineLauncher menu). Note that you will have to do this again each time you update the AppEngine program.
Then clone sympy-live repository:
$ git clone git://github.com/sympy/sympy-live.git $ cd sympy-live
We use submodules to include external libraries in sympy-live:
$ git submodule init $ git submodule update
This is sufficient to clone appropriate repositories in correct versions into sympy-live (see git documentation on submodules for information).
Now you are ready to run development web server:
$ ../google_appengine/dev_appserver.py .
On the Mac, just run:
$ dev_appserver .
(make sure you installed the symlinks as described above).
I couldn't figure out how to make it work in the GUI (it won't find the sympy git submodule). If you figure out how to do it, please update this file and send a patch describing how to do it.
This is a local server that runs on port 8080 (use
--port option to
change this). Open a web browser and go to http://localhost:8080. You
should see GUI of SymPy Online Shell.
Uploading to GAE
Before updating the the sympy-live app (the official one), you need to do two
things. First you need to bump the version in the
app.yaml file. Just
change the second line ("version") to one more, and commit it (
app.yaml -m "Bump version to NN", where
NN is the new version) and push
it. Second, you need to go to the
Versions section of the sympy-live
dashboard at appspot.com and delete the oldest version, as we can only upload
ten versions at a time.
Assuming that sympy-live works properly (also across different mainstream web browsers), you can upload your changes to Google App Engine:
$ ../appcfg.py update .
Or, in Mac OS X, just open the GoogleAppEngineLauncher program, add the project if you haven't already, and click "Deploy" in the toolbar. And then it should just work (follow the log that comes up to see.
This requires admin privileges to http://sympy-live.appspot.com. If you don't have access to this App Engine application, but want to test it, see the instructions in the Testing on the App Engine section below.
Finally, go to http://NN.sympy-live.appspot.com, where
NN is the version
you just uploaded, and make sure that it works. If it does, go to the
Versions section of the sympy-live dashboard, and set this as the new
default version. If there are any issues, you can roll back to the previous
version from this same screen.
Testing on the App Engine
It's usually a good idea to test big changes on the App Engine itself before
dev_appserver.py can only simulate the App Engine. There is
a semi-official testing server at sympy-live-tests.appspot.com. If you want
write access to it, just ask Aaron Meurer. The convention there is to push
to the version corresponding to the pull request (so if you have a branch that
is pull request #55, you would push to version 55, and access it by
55.sympy-live-tests.appspot.com). Alternately, you can set up your own
testing server (it's free, though it requires a cell phone to set up).
Either way, to test, you will need to edit the
app.yaml file. You should
edit the first line,
application, to the name of the testing application
sympy-live-tests), and the second line to the version number you
want to use.
You should not actually commit these changes to
app.yaml, as the official
version should still use the
sympy-live application. Therefore, it is
recommended that you run:
git update-index --assume-unchanged app.yaml
This will make git ignore all changes to the
app.yaml file, so that
git commit -a will not commit them. This command works on
the local level only, so you don't need to worry about it affecting other
people who pull your branch.
If you later want to commit an actual change to
app.yaml (e.g., to modify
some metadata, or to bump the version as described above), you need to run:
git update-index --no-assume-unchanged app.yaml
This will undo the above command, so that git will recognize changes to the file again.
If you have a test app online, remember to update it every time you update a
pull request, so that others can easily review your work, without even having
GAE development server allows to use any Python interpreter, but Google App Engine uses Python 2.5, so if the default Python isn't 2.5, then make sure to test your changes to the server part, if it runs properly on 2.5. Also don't use any modules that aren't supported by GAE.
In projects that don't use submodules, pulling changes boils down to:
$ git pull origin master
in the simplest case. SymPy Live, however, requires additional effort:
$ git submodule update
The above command assures that if there were any changes to submodules of the super-project, then those submodules will get updated to new versions. This is related to the following section.
Make sure that you followed instructions above and SymPy's submodule is properly initialized. Assuming that you are in the directory where SymPy Live was cloned, issue:
$ cd sympy/ $ git fetch origin $ git checkout sympy-0.7.0 $ cd .. $ git add . $ git commit -m "Updated SymPy to version 0.7.0"
Now if you issue:
$ git show -v
you should get:
commit 5138e824dc9fd46c243eea2d7c9581a9e58feb08 Author: Mateusz Paprocki <email@example.com> Date: Wed Jul 6 07:45:19 2011 +0200 Updated SymPy to version 0.7.0 diff --git a/sympy b/sympy index df7a135..c9470ac 160000 --- a/sympy +++ b/sympy @@ -1 +1 @@ -Subproject commit df7a135a4ff7eca361ebbb07ccbeabf8654a8d80 +Subproject commit c9470ac4f44e7dacfb026cf74529db3ec0822145
This was done for SymPy's version 0.7.0, so in future updates of SymPy replace
0.7.0 with appropriate newer version (e.g. 0.7.1) and you are done (of course
particular SHA signatures will be different in your case). If unsure, refer to
git help submodule or git book: http://book.git-scm.com/5_submodules.html.
An interactive, stateful AJAX shell that runs Python code on the server.
May be run as a standalone app or in an existing app as an admin-only handler. Can be used for system administration tasks, as an interactive way to try out APIs, or as a debugging aid during development.
The logging, os, sys, db, and users modules are imported automatically.
Interpreter state is stored in the datastore so that variables, function definitions, and other values in the global and local namespaces can be used across commands.
To use the shell in your app, copy shell.py, static/, and templates/ into your app's source directory. Then, copy the URL handlers from app.yaml into your app.yaml.