Overview

.. -*- coding: utf-8 -*- .. :Project: SoL -- Introduction .. :Created: gio 9 ott 2008 11:40:17 CET .. :Author: Lele Gaifax <lele@metapensiero.it> .. :License: GNU General Public License version 3 or later .. :Copyright: © 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 Lele Gaifax .. ====================== Scarry On Lin{e|ux}³ ====================== ------------------------------------------------------------- Powerful and complete solution to manage Carrom championships ------------------------------------------------------------- This project contains some tools that make it easier the organization of a championship of Carrom_ tournaments using a variant of the Swiss system__, or even *everyone against everyone* events. __ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swiss-system_tournament The main component is a Pyramid_ application serving two distinct user interfaces: 1. A very light, HTML only, read only view of the whole database, where you can actually browse thru the clubs, championships, tourneys, players and ratings. You can see it in action on the public SoL instance at http://sol3.arstecnica.it/lit/. 2. A complete ExtJS_ based desktop-like application, that exposes all the functionalities described below__ in an easy to manage interface, that you can try out visiting http://sol3.arstecnica.it/. .. attention:: SoL 3 **requires** Python 3.3 or higher, it does **not** work with Python 2 .. warning:: SoL 3.1+ **requires** SQLite 3.8 or higher __ Goals_ .. _Carrom: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrom .. _Pyramid: http://www.pylonsproject.org/ .. _ExtJS: http://www.sencha.com/products/extjs/ .. contents:: :depth: 2 Goals ===== These are the key points: 1. Multilingual application Scarry spoke only Italian, because the i18n mechanism in Delphi (and in general under Windows) sucks. Most of the code was written and commented in Italian too, and that made it very difficult to get foreign contributions 2. Multiuser There is a *super user* (named “admin” by default) that can do everything, in particular assign a *nickname* and a *password* to any player, who can then log in and manage her own tournaments, but can't change information owned by other users 3. Real database Scarry used Paradox tables, but we are in the third millennium, now: SoL uses a real, even if simple and light, SQL database under its skin 4. Easy to use The application is usually driven by computer-illiterated guys, so little to no surprises 5. Easy to deploy Gods know how many hours went in building f*cking installers with BDE goodies 6. Bring back the fun Programming in Python is just that, since the beginning High level description ---------------------- The application implements the following features: * basic tables editing, like adding a new player, opening a new championship, manually tweaking the scores, and so on; * handle a single tourney a. compose a list of competitors: usually this is just a single player, but there are two people in doubles, or more (teams) b. set up the first round, made up of matches, each pairing two distinct competitors: if the tournament is associated with a rating this considers the Glicko2__ rate of each player, otherwise uses a random pairing; either way, the tournament secretary is able to manually change the combinations c. print the game sheets, where the player will write the scores d. possibly show a countdown, to alert the end of the game e. insert the score of each match f. compute the new ranking g. print the current ranking h. possibly offer a way to withdraw some competitors, or to add a new competitor i. compute the next round j. repeat steps c. thru i. usually up to seven rounds k. possibly offer a way to go back, delete last round, correct a score and repeat l. if required, play up to three final rounds between the first two competitors m. recompute the ranking, assigning prizes n. update the rating the tournament is associated to * handle a championship of tourneys * each tourney is associated to one championship * print the championship ranking * data exchange, to import/export whole tourneys in a portable way __ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glicko_rating_system Installation and Setup ====================== The very first requirement to install an instance of SoL on your own machine is getting Python 3.5 or better\ [#]_. This step obviously depends on the operating system you are using: on most GNU/Linux distributions it is already available\ [#]_, for example on Debian and derivatives like Ubuntu the following command will do the task:: $apt-get install python3 If instead you are using M$-Windows, you should select the right installer from the downloads__ page on http://www.python.org/. .. topic:: Non *pure Python* packages and Windows The most problematic thing on Windows is being able to install all the required packages: a few of them are actually written in C and there are chances that your particular combination of Python version and Windows version (32bit vs 64bit in particular) isn't supported by the respective authors. If the installation fails because a suitable package cannot be found, your only option (other than bugging me) is to install the needed development tools on your machine and retry the installation: the installer should be able to figure out the details and compile the modules. Since a couple of years Microsoft started to pay attention to the Python world, and actually released a trimmed down version of its development suites expressly to compile Python 2 extension modules__, but nothing equivalent is available for Python 3 yet. Instead, you need to install the complete Visual Studio suite in particular, for Python 3.5, the Visual Studio 2015 Community Edition__. Another recommended, although optional, add-on is the DejaVu fonts__ set, to support a rather wide range of glyphs__ when producing the PDFs printouts. As usual, on GNU/Linux it's a matter of executing the following command :: $apt-get install fonts-dejavu or equivalent for your distribution, while on M$-Windows you need to download__ them and extract the archive in the right location which usually is C:\Windows\Fonts. __ http://www.python.org/downloads/windows/ __ https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44266 __ http://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/ __ http://dejavu-fonts.org/wiki/Main_Page __ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyph __ http://sourceforge.net/projects/dejavu/files/dejavu/2.35/dejavu-fonts-ttf-2.35.zip Easiest way, SoLista -------------------- The easiest way is using SoLista_, a buildout_ configuration that will perform most of the needed steps with a few clicks: this is particularly indicated if you are *not* fluent with the command line interface of your operating system. Follow the hopefully clear enough steps in SoLista's README__. .. _SoLista: https://bitbucket.org/lele/solista/ .. _buildout: http://www.buildout.org/en/latest/ __ https://bitbucket.org/lele/solista/src/master/README.rst Pre-built Docker image ---------------------- .. note:: This is a work-in-progress facility: better documentation and helper tools are on the way! It targets brave souls willing to face a *bleeding edge* experience. Current state is based on the work contributed by Amar Sanakal__, thank you! Another option, if you have a 64bit computer, is to run the pre-built Docker_ image. __ https://bitbucket.org/amar-sanakal/solista .. _Docker: https://www.docker.com/ Requirements ~~~~~~~~~~~~ First of all, you must enable the *hardware virtualization* in the BIOS of your computer. Then you can proceed to install the Docker Engine for your particular operating system (that is, GNU/Linux__, Windows__ or Mac OS X__). After you have tested the install in the Docker Quickstart terminal (for example as depicted here__), run the following command in the same window:: docker run -d -p 80:6996 --name sol amarsanakal/solista This will start the software and is now accessible on port 80. You can access it as http://<ip-address>. The <ip-address> is the ip address of the docker machine running on your PC. This would have been displayed to you when you launched the Docker Quickstart terminal. You can check it anytime by running:: docker-machine ls the ip address is shown under the URL column. Use that without the port number shown there. See https://docs.docker.com/machine/get-started/ for more details. __ https://docs.docker.com/linux/ __ https://docs.docker.com/windows/ __ https://docs.docker.com/mac/ __ https://docs.docker.com/windows/step_three/ Developer's playground ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ If you are a developer and want to play with Docker_, you can checkout SoL sources and * build an image with make docker-build * change the admin credentials with make docker-change-admin * start SoL within a Docker container with make docker-start, then visit http://localhost:6996/ as usual See Makefile.docker for other related targets. Roadmap ~~~~~~~ 1. Provide some *Unix shell scripts* and *Windows batch files* to make the end users happier 2. Complete this section 3. Figure out how to build a new image on hub.docker.com whenever a new SoL release happens The good old way ---------------- 1. Install SoL using pip:: pip install SoL that will download the latest version of SoL from PyPI__ and all its dependencies as well __ https://pypi.python.org/pypi/SoL 2. Install ExtJS_ 4.2.1:: python3 -m metapensiero.extjs.desktop 3. Create a standard config file:: soladmin create-config config.ini and edit it as appropriate; you can also directly specify the name and the password of the *super user* (by default the name is admin and the password will be asked interactively):: soladmin create-config --admin differentone --password str4nge 4. Setup the database:: soladmin initialize-db config.ini 5. Load official data:: soladmin restore config.ini 6. Run the application server:: pserve config.ini 7. Enjoy! :: firefox http://localhost:6996/ or, for poor Window\$ users or just because using Python makes you happier:: python -m webbrowser http://localhost:6996/ Development =========== The complete sources are available on Bitbucket__ and can be downloaded with the following command:: git clone https://bitbucket.org/lele/sol I recommend using a *virtual environment* to keep you isolated from the system packages:: python3 -m venv env source env/bin/activate After that, you can setup a development environment by executing the command:: pip install -r requirements/development.txt You must then install the required ExtJS 4 sources executing:: python -m metapensiero.extjs.desktop --src If you are a developer, you are encouraged to create your own fork of the software and possibly open a pull request: I will happily merge your changes! You can run the test suite with either :: make test or :: python setup.py nosetests __ https://bitbucket.org/lele/sol I18N / L10N ----------- Currently SoL is translated in English\ [#]_, French and Italian. If you know other languages and want to contribute, the easiest way to create a new translation is to create an account on the Weblate__ site and follow its translators guide__. .. image:: https://hosted.weblate.org/widgets/sol/-/287x66-white.png :target: https://hosted.weblate.org/engage/sol/ :alt: Translation status :align: center Otherwise if like me you prefer using more traditional tools\ [#]_ you can extract a copy of the sources and operate directly on the local catalogs under the directory src/sol/locale. To extract translatable messages use the following command:: make update-catalogs To check your work you must compile them with:: make compile-catalogs __ https://hosted.weblate.org/projects/sol/ __ http://docs.weblate.org/en/latest/user/index.html Feedback and support -------------------- If you run in troubles, or want to suggest something, or simply a desire of saying *“Thank you”* raises up, feel free to contact me via email as lele at metapensiero dot it. Consider also joining the dedicated mailing list__ where you can get in contact with other users of the application. There is also an issues tracker__ where you can open a new tickets about bugs or enhancements. __ https://groups.google.com/d/forum/sol-users __ https://bitbucket.org/lele/sol/issues ----- .. [#] As of this writing I'm using version 3.5.1 and I'd recommend using that, but SoL used to work great with Python 3.3 and Python 3.4 as well. .. [#] In fact it may even be already installed! .. [#] The are actually two distinct catalogs, to take into account US and UK variants. .. [#] GNU Emacs comes to mind of course, but there are zillions of them: start looking at the gettext page <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gettext>_ on Wikipedia.