I am up and traveling more than usual this summer. Which is great, although I really would like to spend as much time as possible up in the North West before it gets cold and dark again.
I am now at UDS Karmic (come say hello!), and it takes a while to explain to folks where I live, and what is up with me. I moved out of my Tel-Aviv apartment last week, and I am couch surfing (thanks Emily!) in Seattle next week, looking for a home. Oh, and once I land in Seattle, I will go right back to the airport and spend the weekend in the Bay Area for a JVP conference.
Thanks to the GUADEC travel committee, I will be attending Gran Canaria! I didn’t really plan to attend this year, but now that I am, I need to take advantage of the time there to the max. I’ll be cheering Ara when she presents the desktop testing project, and I will be unofficially unvieling LDTP2. I also want to catch up with folks on the a11y front, there has been some excellent work lateley: D-Bus AT-SPI is taking shape, UIA, Orca is becoming slick, and MouseTrap is neat. There is also plenty of chllanges ahead, namely WebKit and the audio/speech stack. I’ll also try to make myself as useful as possible to the event organizers.
Recently some brave individuals started working on an upstream automated testing project for GNOME. This is exciting.
I say brave because we had a discussion regarding this a couple of years back, and if I recall correctly we stalled when it came to choosing an automation library. Anyway, it was decided that we will be going ahead with LDTP, big step.
LDTP is a mature library, and being such it had accrued sets of requirements from the different utilizers. The core is threaded, and written in cspi, which is unmaintained today, and uses a raw socket to communicate to the client end.
With Nagappan‘s blessing, I started work on a Python rewrite of the core. The main goal being to simplify the code-base and prepare LDTP for the eventual migration of AT-SPI to D-Bus. We also chose to use higher level protocols for communication: XML-RPC. Also, this new version does away with threading in favor of an event loop that plays nicely with AT-SPI events.
After a week of work, I became fairly pleased with the shape it has taken. I used introspection wherever possible as not to duplicate the API both on the client and on the server. The introspection also helps in generating ooldtp’s API, the object oriented interface to LDTP.
The code could be checked out from my github tree.