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Python Project & Coding Standards for Practicing Wizards

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Version History

  • 0.2.3 - Beta version of project generator. Creates a Python 3.x project with best practices, including initialized virtual environment.

  • 0.2.2 - Adding in incomplete changes for project generator on way to v0.3.0. Will create directory structure and 1/2 dozen files for the project. Not complete yet.

  • 0.2.1 - Remove revealjs theme which is no longer supported and didn’t work right anyway.

  • 0.2.0 - Updated a number of package requirements such as sphinx themes to meet compatibility requirements.

  • 0.1.0 - First version with semantic versioning schema. Most of documentation is strong. Console script to create a project is in an development state.

Purpose of this Project

This project is intended to be a guide on getting started with Python. It’s intended to establish a best practice structure that can be used as a beginning state for a python project. Stepping through all the steps should yield a new Python project, using a set of best practices and coding standards, which can apply across all types of Python projects.

The docs are hosted with gitHub Pages, with html in the docs/ folder, powered by reStructured text markup in the data-source folder. You can get to the root at py_quide.

Best practice steps are organized as follows:

What we have tried to think through

Project Structure - as an old programmer having a standard way to do any coding language, is just something I find efficient. In addition to thinking like a developer I’ve worked in release management, IT, being the boss, and I tend to approach things in a wholistic fashion. It doesn’t matter how cool your code is if you can’t install and maintain it.

Documentation is important - if I have a structure that is already setup for how to document, leveraging in line code syntax, then developers are more likely to make use of it. This is good, because documentation is not for you, but for the coder left maintaining your app, when you’ve moved on to your new fancy job (because of this awesome app you just made).

Documentation themes - while creating parts of the project on Sphinx, I wanted to compare the themes. I couldn’t find one resource for that. Therefore I created it here in this project. You can see the same documentation generated into several different themes.

Releasing - I have found releasing is an after thought. This often results in things like finding out your project structure isn’t conducive to packaging your release. Or thinking through where you store your version number as it’s used in several files (normally).

GitHub friendly - we did thins like make docs the html directory of information for compatibility with GitHub. It is so widely used that while Sphinx normally makes docs a source directory, it’s configuration allowed for change, where GitHub (circa 2018-2019) would not.

Test Inspired Development - I came from the TDD days and I liked it. When you have a reusable set of tests you get build stability, reliability, the ability to come back to your own code and not break it, the ability for other people to work on your code (so you can go write something newer and cooler).


At this time you can’t install this module. At a later version the installation will provide an interface to create the recommended project structure, documented here.

>>> venv/scripts/pip install sjb.pyguide

What makes this different from other frameworks?

It’s my opinion. It’s not a framework. It hopes to generate a template project to make being “standard” better. It attempts to not be specific to a type of project. Web projects or console apps can benefit from this. There is no team behind this. Just me.

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