From: James Abley <james.abley@gm...> - 2008-01-15 23:03:58
I can't do it. It's too much!
I got into this when I had some spare hacking time. It took a little
while to sort out the legal implications from my then employer to
contribute to open-source projects, but that finally came through just
as I got a new job with a small startup. Being a startup, most of my
hacking time then actually went to doing work-related stuff, rather
than recreational stuff for Jython. New baby came along - I wouldn't
call him a time-sink, but it has slowed me down!
And then I had a disk crash recently. It was a good one. Took out my
main machine, and two days later my backup disk went bang as well,
along with the family photos and video collection. That was a good
week. Fortunately I had optical disk backups of most of the personal
stuff, but not of my part-time hacking efforts.
So I have an incomplete implementation of unicodedata (from my gmail
Sent items, when someone asked for a copy) and a better-than-average
knowledge of Unicode. Knowing what I know now, I would probably
re-write vast chunks of it to do away with the simple brute force
approach that I took to get tests passing. But I'm choosing not to
devote any more time to it. Let someone else with a more focused
approach get inspired.
If anyone is interested in what I've produced, I can send them a copy,
and be glad to talk over the implementation. There is some
documentation on the wiki  and ramblings on my blog . Various
questions were posted to the python-users / python-devs list, which
cover some details. I'll try to do a final brain dump into the wiki at
Sorry I couldn't do more.
From: Philip Jenvey <pjenvey@gr...> - 2008-01-19 19:03:30
On Jan 15, 2008, at 3:03 PM, James Abley wrote:
> I can't do it. It's too much!
Sorry to hear about the data loss.
It sounds like we might have at least one person interested in
working on the unicodedata implementation; so not all is lost there.
Let's hope your job slows down in future and you can find time again
for Jython =]