Snow sprint report #3 : ZopeSkel refactoring

Today, while the zope instances we have prepared for the benchmarks where suffering from being fed with 40 000 documents, I have worked on a small task I wanted to do some times ago: refactor a bit ZopeSkel and add some tests in it.

I splitted the template objects that were located in separate modules, and added for each one of them a doctest that is running the template. This prevents the template to be broken because when you work in it, it is not obvious. As a matter of fact, at the time I did it, I found one template to be broken, so I think this is going to be useful to prevent regressions.

If you work on this package and change or add a template, please, pretty please, run the following to make sure nothing is broken:

$ cd ZopeSkel

$ python

$ bin/buildout

$ bin/test

Also the important thing to do for now on, is to keep accurate doctests in the docs/ folder. These files are simple to write, as I have added primitives to simplify the work (well, I have reused what Gael did in our skels at Ingeniweb).

For instance, let's have a look at the recipe doctest:

It actually launches the paster over the template, and also launches the freshly created recipe's own tests.

The next moves on ZopeSkel I can think of would be to:
- write more detailed doctests. Each one of them could become a recipe on how to use the given template; - gather in a top document all the doctest, to provide a detailed documentation in Zopeskel's frontal README.txt file, which is parsed and displayed at PyPI.

ZopeSkel is a very important product in my opinion, because it insuflates a standard way to write Plone code in the community. For that matter, the recipe template I have added a while ago was improved here at the sprint, and you should check on Dokai's blog about this. He's writing a wrapup about it right now ;)