[Sugar-devel] Gradual reorganizing of Music Blocks codebase

Anindya Kundu anindyaak007 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 8 15:57:23 EDT 2020

We'd definitely need to go back to the drawing board and chalk out the plan
and the structure, e.g. data flow diagram. With it, I'll come up with a
list of objectives and create the issue.

Meanwhile, I can help with the dictionary stuff too. Please do let me know
what I can do.

Also, thanks Vaibhav for the resources, and Devin, I'll keep you posted
when I begin.

On Wed, 9 Sep 2020 at 01:14, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 10:39 AM Anindya Kundu <anindyaak007 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I'm considering reorganizing the modules and cleaning up the complete
>> codebase in a gradual manner - something I briefly worked on, during this
>> summer. It is to my understanding that Music Blocks was built
>> progressively, and there's still scope for a lot of additions, but I've
>> observed some significant issues.
>> I feel the user experience isn't quite appealing. For instance, the
>> application feels bulky, the mouse interaction isn't very good, there are
>> UI lapses here and there, etc. As for the code, I feel we are lacking
>> structure. The JS modules have become disorganized, there's lots of
>> deprecated code spread throughout, and the scripts do not stick to a proper
>> convention.
>> Many times it becomes a challenge to figure out the source of a bug or
>> add/modify some code. Also, it is quite easy to generate an obscure bug
>> while fixing something else. Moreover, several components are convoluted
>> among themselves. I've only worked on the MVC refactoring of a few
>> components, but I believe it should be done all throughout for it to bear
>> advantages.
>> Therefore, I'm planning on rebuilding a structure under the hood,
>> primarily for better code management, but also to enhance the performance
>> of the application. Any thoughts or suggestions?
>> *Anindya Kundu*
> Sounds great.
> Before you jump into coding maybe you can create a master issue to track
> proposed changes and progress.
> (One obvious TODO would be to rid the code of its dependency on createjs,
> which seems to be abandonware.)
> FYI, I am working on the dictionary block PR, which needs some serious
> attention. I do think we could use it to greatly simplify the Ensemble code.
> --
> Walter Bender
> Sugar Labs
> http://www.sugarlabs.org
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