Python Paste and ZopeSkel are just great, if you don't know them
and you are working on Zope packages, you should really take the time to
look at them.
- Python Paste provides, besides other features, a engine to generate any kind of package structures based on templates. The templates can be written in Cheetah syntax; - ZopeSkel is a serie of templates that helps a Zope and/or Plone developer to start a Python, Zope or Plone package, taking care of all the boiler plate code generation, to make sure the packages are done in a egg-compatible, standard way.
Basing my work on ZopeSkel, I have started to create a serie of custom
templates to speed up and simplify package coding bootstraps. The
documentation in these packages are in reStructuredText, and I
bumped into a small problem: when you create for example a "README.txt"
in your template, which has a title that uses the project name, for
the result may vary depending on the variable value:
It's ugly, and the reST file won't compile if you try to generate html or PDF with docutils.
Since Paste uses Cheetah, we can fix this, by calculating the length of
#repeat $len($project) + 13
=#slurp #end repeat $project documentation #repeat $len($project) + 13 =#slurp #end repeat
This will create the proper length. You might argue it's a detail, but that saves me almost ten seconds for each new package now ;)