Summary of work done during GSoC

During Google Summer of Code 2016, I worked on the Symbolic Project under the organisation Octave. The project was directed towards adding a new IPC mechanism into symbolic – Pytave. During the course of GSoC work was done in 2 repositories (octsympy on github & pytave on bitbucket).

Code Changes:

All of the changes done by me can be viewed at the following links:

Summary of changes:

As we were to use pytave in Symbolic we worked on it to make it more mature. Add more functionalities to provide a better interface for Symbolic to deal with. Also many new features for conversion to and from python objects were introduced. The most important addition would be @pyobject and its functionalities.
On symbolic side, we used the features of pytave as much to our benefits as possible. We currently only have extra conversion for @sym objects which are specific to Symbolic. For rest of the octave types we use pytave‘s internal conversion.

Detailed PR wise changes:

To know about changes done before August, please read my other posts on this blog in the sequence: post-1, post-2, post-3 and post-4. Here I will summarise PR wise work done in August only.

In pytave, the PRs #33, #31 and #32 were merged which were under review in july. The PR 33 did some cleanup and added tests. PR 31 adapted existing tests since after inclusion of @pyobject we were now converting  python – lists, dicts and tuples; to @pyobject in octave. PR 32 fixed some doctests which were either not working in Python 3 or gave errors due to the latest @pyobject changes.
PR #24 added a new functionality to specify a namespace to be passed in py* functions to ensure that any changes in symbols/objects happens only in that namespace. This required some refactoring which was done in the same PR in a separate commit.
Then PR #40 added a method to allow comparison of 2 pyobjects. This would be useful in writing tests that need a desired output.

On the Symbolic side, PR #512 is under review which takes care of updating out existing methods to use the new pytave features. We have had a good amount of changes in pytave which now allow us to do most of the things without the need to execute and python code on our own (using pyexec). We now do it using py.* calls.

Goals not met:

Almost all the goals were met during the project. Only 1 major goal was not met which was building pytave on windows. Efforts were made towards that but later on it was more fruitfull to add new functionalities that would make the projects more mature. I would definetly try to work on this afterwards and hopefully in near future we will have fully working pytave on windows too.



Author: genuinelucifer

I love coding, working on open source projects specially. Even making my own games, softwares... Learning new technologies has always been my cup of tea. :)

One thought on “Summary of work done during GSoC”

  1. This summer, Pytave has really come together, from a proof of concept (at the start of the summer) to a usable tool that allows interacting with Python code and objects from within Octave, both interactively on the command line and within Octave functions. @genuinelucifer has been absolutely key in that.

    Previously, the Symbolic pkg typically uses an adhoc pipe-based communication with Python. While this has improved greatly in the last few months (thanks to some help by other contributors), its still a bit fragile. @genuincelucifer’s branch (to me merged to master Real Soon Now) implements this communication using Pytave instead. Much more robust. In the future, this work should enable more flexible implementation within Symbolic, by using Pytave directly within methods.

    Thank you @genuinelucifer for your great work this summer and I very much hope you’ll stay involved in the Octave community!


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