This page details my more popular/important open source projects; for a full listing of everything, see my Github profile.
To see my current overall roadmap, head to the bottom of the page.
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- Amazon wishlist ditto (it’s mostly books).
The major projects
Fabric is a high level Python task runner & SSH toolkit. It’s the first major OSS project I undertook, adapting the original author’s one-module Capistrano clone into a larger, more Unix-y package.
Ownership transferred to me in 2008 and Fabric’s codebase & popularity as a task runner & deploy tool have grown in leaps & bounds since then. It’s easily the most popular option for Python web developers & is also used by a number of system administrators and operations toolkits.
While Fabric sees most of its use in private codebases (being an end-user tool), there are a number of projects on Github and PyPI which depend on it, such as TimelineJS, Flocker, NPR’s app template, Cuisine, Littlechef, w3af, and more.
The lower-level SSH functionality that Fabric uses is contained in Paramiko, created by Robey Pointer in 2003; it’s arguably been the default choice for SSH-via-Python since that time.
My stewardship of Fabric meant I worked closely with Paramiko for quite a while, and in 2012 I was given full ownership of the project.
Around 2011 it became clear Fabric needed rearchitecting, and as part of that process I created Invoke. Invoke is a ground-up, test-driven, Python 2+3 compatible rewrite of all functionality within Fabric that isn’t SSH specific: task management, local command execution, and so forth.
Born out of my thoughts surrounding proper project website management, the Alabaster Sphinx theme is a lightweight theme (based on popular existing Python doc sites) with a strong emphasis on customizability via configuration options.
I’m pretty sure I am the only one using it in dual-site setups, but it’s drawn a number of users regardless, and it now ships with Sphinx (as of 1.3) as the default theme.
Along with Alabaster, Releases is one of my “meta-projects” that arose simply from having multiple other projects to wrangle. This one is a changelog plugin for Sphinx that lets you write multi-release-branch changelogs as a ‘stream’ of changes, and collates those into release buckets.
It also just nicely formats a changelog and has some helpers for linking to the issues being referenced, which is probably why other folks use it too.
Despite my verbosity, I value the ability to type as little as necessary, and
was fed up with the JUnit style of test organization in Python’s
spinoffs (how many times do we really need the word
test_function?). I also enjoyed the
“nested” style of test organization found in tools like Ruby’s
In the years since Spec’s conception,
nosetests has fallen out of favor, with
all the mindshare (and ideas about how to write nontrivial test suites, and fun
plugins, etc) going to pytest. I’m now following suit,
and have rewritten Spec – now more powerful and less opinionated by default
– as the pytest-relaxed
This lists what I expect to work on in the short/medium term across all projects, in priority order. ETAs are not available – please don’t ask for them :)
See the page footer for a last-modification date. I expect to update every few weeks, depending on how long each task takes; my OSS days are typically Fridays.
Recent work (or lack thereof)
- March, April and May: the Paramiko auth rewrite! It is being done in an opt-in, marked-experimental fashion, to let me get stuff out into the wild before the heat death of the universe, without saddling users who are currently happy, with a bunch of fresh bugs. Fabric 3.1 and Paramiko 3.2 are out now!
- A lot of adjacent new minor features and support changes are also arriving with this, mostly in Paramiko, such as enhanced key loading functions.
- Invoke and Invocations feature releases happened in late April and early May, including preliminary typing support for Invoke!
- TBD, burned a whole lot of work hours on the recent Paramiko/Fabric releases, so may be skipping some OSS Fridays.
- Likely bugfixes for, and additional features on top of, that recent work, will be next.
- Task-related features like sharing flags and data between tasks & calling tasks programmatically from other tasks, will probably be the next major focus.
- Cryptography/security fixes, depending on how many were tackled in the previous release. Key types, cipher updates, etc.
- Looking at what we’re missing vs OpenSSH - anything that seems like a major “win” and isn’t a ton of work is worth considering.
- Achieving feature parity with v1 - there’s still plenty of things on its upgrading page listed as “pending”.
- Releases is well overdue for feature changes, especially as my own needs elsewhere (fewer active release lines at a time) are becoming simpler. It’s not out of the question that a very different-feeling 3.x might arise.