Tools for maintaining the Software Engineering Handbook

pip install handbook-tools==0.4.2


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Handbook Tools

A collection of automation scripts to build and maintain the Handbook directory of the Software Engineering Handbook repository.

Package Installation and Usage

The handbook tools are implemented in Python 3 as a command line and are available as a Pip package.

Package Installation

Make sure you have the Python 3 version of pip installed:

$ sudo apt upgrade python3-pip

Install the handbook-tools package:

$ pip3 install handbook-tools --user

Package Usage

The tools are used with a dispatcher called handbook that is executing dedicated commands in the following pattern:

$ handbook [options] <command> [<args>...]

Run the following command to get help on the handbook tools usage:

$ handbook -h 

Source Code

If you would like to contribute changes and enhancement to the handbook tools, fork this repository, make changes, and propose a pull request.

File Structure

Following is a partial structure of the source code files showing only the main parts:

software-engineering-handbook-tools/    root of the repository
├──handbook_tools/                      package source code
|  ├──__init__.py                       package version
|  ├──commands/                         folder of commands that are automatically discovered
|  |  ├──build.py                       builds the Handbook from configuration
|  |  ├──status.py                      generates various status reports about the Handbook
|  |  └──toc.py                         composes a TOC of the Handbook from configuration
|  ├──lib/                              common libraries
|  └──handbook.py                       the main script
├──tests/                               collection of tests for the handbook tools package
├──requirements.txt                     package dependencies
└──setup.py                             used by pip to install the package module

Executing the Source Code Directly

To execute the source code directly, not using an existing package that was create from previous or current version of the source code, run the following command:

$ handbook_tools/handbook.py [options] <command> [<args>...]

Get help using:

$ handbook_tools/handbook.py -h

Running the Tests

To run the tests on the cloned repository:

$ python setup.py test

The above command uses the package definitions in the setup.py configurations file and is equivalent to the following command:

$ pytest --cov-report term-missing --cov=handbook_tools

This executes pytest with the pytest-cov plugin for Coverage.py.

Building the Package

Make sure you have the latest versions of setuptools and wheel installed:

$ python3 -m pip install --user --upgrade setuptools wheel

Update the package version in handbook_tools/__init__.py.

Now run this command from the same directory where setup.py is located:

$ python3 setup.py sdist bdist_wheel

This command should output a lot of text and once completed should generate two files in the dist and build directories.

The dist/tar.gz file is a source archive whereas the dist/*.whl file is a built distribution that can be installed locally without uploading it to PyPi. This is useful during testing. See instructions under the chapter "Installing your newly uploaded package" below.

Newer pip versions preferentially install built distributions, but will fall back to source archives if needed. You should always upload a source archive and provide built archives for the platforms your project is compatible with. In this case, our example package is compatible with Python on any platform so only one built distribution is needed.

Installing the Package Locally

To install the package locally from a wheel file without uploading it to a remote packages repository such as PyPi:

$ pip3 install dist/<wheel-package-file>.whl


$ pip3 install dist/handbook_tools-0.3.2-py2.py3-none-any.whl

Verify that the package has been installed successfully using:

$ pip3 list