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PyHatch initializes files and directory structure for new python projects.

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Pyhatch Initializes Files And Directory Structures For New Python Projects.

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PyHatch is intended to help technical programmers focus their python programming efforts on their science and engineering problems by easing the many source code organizational issues required to build and maintain a quality code base. PyHatch will initialize the basic file structure for project files, documentation, unit testing and licensing.

Each time a new project is started, the user fills in a few simple forms and selects a directory location for the project layout. The layout used by PyHatch is shown below.:


One goal of PyHatch is to encourage unit testing. To do that, a “tests” directory is created and initialized. Of the three common locations of the test scripts shown below, PyHatch uses the third option. The user is free to modify this layout, but encouraged to maintain test scripts in one of the following layouts.

Put test scripts:
  1. Mixed into the same directory as /MyProject/myproject/

  2. At the same level as the code directory /MyProject/tests/

  3. One level under the code directory /MyProject/myproject/tests/

A tox.ini file is also created in order to simplify running the unit tests with a number of different python versions. Tox will need to be installed separately, however, the new project simply needs to execute tox locally to use it.

The docs/ subdirectory contains the layout required to run sphinx and create documentation for the project. It is set up to automatically read the project *.py files and include code documentation on the fly. Note that Sphinx will need to be installed separately.

Run make html in the docs/ subdirectory (with sphinx installed) to generate HTML documentation for the project. The file index.html is the main page of the documentation in the directory docs/_build/html.

The examples/ subdirectory contains any example files that use the project.

The hope for PyHatch is that better code will result from early organization and test driven development.

Notice that a configuration file (PyHatch.cfg) is created in the users home directory. That configuration file holds project and personal data that will help autofill the PyHatch GUI the second time that PyHatch is used.

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