What's new in Skype4Py ?

  • Skype4Py.platform

    Easy detection of what platform code Skype4Py is using currently. May be one of 'posix', 'windows' or 'darwin'.

  • DBus is now a default Linux (posix) platform

    Both DBus and X11 transports have been improved to work better in GUI environments. This revealed, that a special initialization code must be executed if the X11 transport is combined with the PyGTK GUI framework and possible other similar libraries. The DBus transport on the other hand, requires enabling only a single option. That and the fact, that DBus is a newer technology created to replace such old IPC techniques like X11 messaging, forced me to make it the default transport.

  • RunMainLoop option for DBus transport and Mac OS X (darwin) platform

    The old DBus transport options (the options passed to Skype object constructor) were removed and replaced by a single "RunMainLoop" option. The same option has been added to Mac OS X platform transport.

    The default value (if option is not specified) is True which means that the transport will run an events loop on a separate thread to be able to receive and process messages from Skype (which result in Skype4Py event handlers being fired up).

    This option has to be set to False if the events loop is going to be run somewhere else - the primary example are GUI applications which use the events loop to process messages from the user interfaces.

    Trying to run two loops (one by the GUI framework and another one by Skype4Py) causes a lot of problems and unexpected behavior. When set to False, this option will tell Skype4Py to reuse the already running loop.

    Note that if no other loop is running and this option is False, Skype4Py will remain to function (commands may be send to Skype and replies are returned) but it won't receive notifications from the client and their corresponding events will never be fired up.

  • unittests for the common parts

    Unittests were written for parts of Skype4Py code shared by all platforms and transports. This is roughly 80% of the codebase and include all classes and the code translating object methods/properties calls to Skype API commands.

  • Call and Voicemail device methods support simultaneous devices correctly

    The CaptureMicDevice(), InputDevice() and OutputDevice() methods trio of Call and Voicemail objects support enabling of multiple devices at the same time. Previously, enabling one device disabled all the other.

  • Collections

    Almost all collection types used by Skype4COM are now supported by Skype4Py too. Collection types were initially skipped as Python provides a comprehensive set of its own container types. However, since most objects are represented by Handles or Ids, it makes a lot of sense to create a custom container type holding the handles only and creating the objects on-the-fly as they are accessed. This is the main reason for introduction of collection types. They also support methods provided by their counterparts in Skype4COM world.

  • Code cleanup and naming conventions

    The whole codebase has been reviewed and cleaned up. The naming convention for all objects (modules, classes, etc.) has been defined and implemented. It still is a mixed convention (uses two different conventions applied to different objects) but at least there is a standard now.

  • String type policy

    Skype4Py now returns unicode only when it is needed. For example, Skypenames are plain strings now while chat messages (their bodies) remain in unicode.

    Also, if Skype4Py expects a unicode string from the user and a plain string is passed instead, it tries to decode it using the UTF-8 codec (as opposed to ASCII codec which was used previously).