Agora Octave: Update #2

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Agora Octave: Update #2

This week, I mainly worked on a mockup for a redesign (available below). I also made some small changes to the readme and pip-requirements, which have been committed.

This week

Design mockup

Here’s a sneak preview of what I have in mind for the front page (click for higher-resolution):

Agora Octave front page sneak preview

Things I’m still working on:

I made some small changes to the colour scheme I mentioned last week, partly to better fit the colours used in the Octave logo:


I’ll be using the LESS CSS preprocessor, with client-side compilation for now. The files will be contained in a css directory within the static files root, and will be organised like this:

New dependency: OpenID

I installed django-openid-auth through pip and added it to the list of dependencies in the readme and in the pip-requirements file. I also updated the readme with instructions on using pip to install all the dependencies.

Continuous integration

As the result of this message on the mailing post, I’m shelving the issue of continuous integration for now. The task of learning how to use Hydra will be left up to Jordi.

Basic code maintenance

I’ll hold off on this until I actually need to work with the relevant code (i.e. the week after next).

Next week

Finishing the design

I’ll be spending some more time on the design next week to finish it up and make any necessary improvements. The reason I want to focus on the design so early on is to ensure that the foundation is good, making things much more painless in the long run. If there’s a solid, clean, and easily-extensible design framework in place, then adding new pages and features becomes much easier, with immediate visual feedback. Plus, the larger and more complex the project, the harder it becomes to effect a redesign, and so I’m doing it now, while the codebase is still manageable.

Integrate the design with Django

This entails implementing the design with HTML, CSS and images, and then integrating the HTML files into Django’s templating system. The existing pages will be converted over at this stage as well. I’ll finish as much as I can by next week’s blog post; after next week, I’ll start working on adding new features.

Position in timeline

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