Mentor request for PyDebug Activity

rihoward1 at rihoward1 at
Thu Oct 15 00:42:42 EDT 2009


I am curious why start on a new activity? The Develop activity is  
well along and needs bug fixing and updating.  A debugger would be a  
nice addition to it.

rihoward1 at

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On Oct 14, 2009, at 2:56 PM, George Hunt wrote:

> I am excited about developing a tool to help me develop other XO  
> Activities.  When I shared my ideas with Adam Holt, he suggested  
> that I seek a mentor, or a few partners to help me clarify my  
> ideas, and increase the usefulness of the end product.   I am  
> writing this to request such help.
> As a programmer, I'm fairly new to python.  I started writing  
> assembly language in 1975 for the terminal division of Hewlett-- 
> Packard, which was soon to become the Personal Computer division.   
> I only started python after I got my G1G1 in early 2008.
> I'm fairly averse to re-inventing the wheel.  So I have been  
> thinking of combining Activities that already run on the XO as my  
> main strategy.
> At this point I have hacked together Write, Terminal, and  Browse  
> to all exist in a notebook under the Sugar toolbar.  I can read and  
> write Activity.xo files from the journal.  So I've learned a lot  
> from what is already written.  Whatever the final form factor, the  
> work I've done up to now will not be lost.
> At this point I'm debating whether to substitute gedit for the  
> functionality of abiword.  Gedit includes many of the feature a  
> programmer is looking for. It is extensively internationalized. It  
> has a  python extension system that I think will make for easy  
> integration into my application.
> I'm leaning towards the structure of a remote debugger, even though  
> the client and server will mostly reside on the same machine.  I'd  
> like for the application to be insulated from errant client programs.
> I'm having a lot of fun, and feeling much more productive than I  
> did a few months ago.
> I'd love to hear from a few people who are willing to help me  
> perfect my ideas or have experience that could keep me from going  
> down unfruitful paths. I've written a wiki page trying to pull  
> together some of my ideas: 
> Python_Debugger_activity_for_the_XO.  There is also a little more  
> bio info about me at
> Thanks,
> George
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