The Planet Feed Reader: Better Living Through Gravity
In mid-2003 Jeff Waugh of the GNOME project dropped a link in his weblog sidebar to "Planet GNOME", a webpage containing recent weblog entries made by GNOME contributors. Before long, Planet GNOME had inspired the creation of a slew of Planet webpages for many Free Software development communities. It also turned into its own Python project: the eponymous "Planet" feed reader, available from http://www.planetplanet.org/
Mary's talk will describe the history of the Planet software use throughout the Free Software community. She will also discuss some of the technical details of the Planet software internals: the perennial problem of taking indifferently standards compliant XML input from a variety of sources and turning it into respectable output, together with other technical challenges facing a small but widely used codebase including quality assurance, cross platform support, and resource management.
Keywords: Python, Planet, Communities, Webpages
PhD student, Department of Computing, Macquarie University