The Scientific Python Development Guide

One outcome of the 2023 Scientific Python Developer Summit was the Scientific Python Development Guide, a comprehensive guide to modern Python package development, complete with a new project template supporting 12 build backends and a WebAssembly-powered checker with checks linked to the guide. The guide covers topics like modern, compiled, and classic packaging, style checks, type checking, docs, task runners, CI, tests, and much more! There also are sections of tutorials, principles, and some common patterns.

This guide (along with cookie & repo-review) started in Scikit-HEP in 2020. During the summit, it was merged with the NSLS-II guidelines, which provided the basis for the principles section. I’d like to thank and acknowledge Dan Allan and Gregory Lee for working tirelessly during the summit to rework, rewrite, merge, and fix the guide, including writing most of the tutorials pages and first patterns page, and rewriting the environment page as a tutorial.

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Introducing repo-review

I’ve released a new1 toolkit for running checks, similar to Ruff and Flake8 but designed to check configuration, called repo-review. It requires Python 3.10+2 to run and has no built-in checks, but is easy to write plugins for. A set of checks based on the Scientific Python Development Guide (which I also have a post about!) are available as a plugin, sp-repo-review. You can run repo-review in WebAssembly (via Pyodide), or in pre-commit, or as a GitHub Action. It supports multiple output formats, including Rich, HTML, and JSON. The system is based on fixtures (like pytest) and topologically sorts requirements. You don’t need to depend on repo-review to add a repo-review plugin. You can see a live version using sp-repo-review in-place here or standalone here.

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