Now that PyCon is over I've had a little time to start tweaking a feature I've wanted to add to the Holden Web site for quite a while. I end up looking at, and frequently installing, a lot of open source software. The installation routines are of variable quality and sometimes I have to stumble my way through, sometimes I never get to the end.
Very simple installation under Cygwin: literally unpack the tar file, change to the source directory and run
python setup.py install
No errors, docutils is now a site-package!
So the new "Python Reviews" section (which may end up being renamed) is there to report on installation activity. It is also a test bed for my first significant use of reStructuredText (of which more later), so I suppose it's appropriate that this blog's title links to the install review for the docutils software that converts reStructuredText into HTML.
As with other non-production features the section isn't listed on the home page, but it should appear in the left-hand navigation bar of all body pages. The article format is still experimental, and decisions about whether it's worth keeping the source in a database rather than in files remain to be addressed.
The news feature is currently driven by analysing the results of a search for "Python" in O'Reilly's meerkat feed, but it isn't yet updating automagically on the new host, and other sources should ideally be included.