The octave-buildbot Server and Worker matured a lot in the past two months since I wrote about them in August. Finally, the system is capable of delivering once per day a “fresh brewed” stable Octave release (tarballs, all flavors of MS Windows installers, and the Doxygen documentation). See it yourself on https://octave.space.
The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) 2020
will end with this August.
I had the pleasure to mentor
working on the implementation of the
functions for Octave.
These function allow to convert JSON data
strings to Octave Objects and vice versa.
Since the minor Octave 5.2 release this January, I experienced that building and especially releasing Octave is still a difficult task. Even worse, due to some nasty bugs and the lack of a voluntary, skilled, and motivated release manager, the next major Octave 6.1 release got stuck for eight months now.
Today, I read an interesting article about Hilbert Matrices in N. Higham’s blog and stumbled over these simple elegant two lines:
On June 4th there arrived an extraordinary mail by Hossein on the Octave maintainers mailing-list. To my knowledge he has not been involved into Octave development so far. He introduced shortly and convincingly OctaveCoder:
Many popular source code hosting services do not support Mercurial (in short “hg”). After Bitbucket announced the “sunsetting” of Mercurial repositories in April 2020, only good old SourceForge and GNU Savannah still support hg.
At the Shibaura Institute of Technology I was given the opportunity to talk about GNU Octave.