The first official MusicBrainz hack weekend will take place between 2012-08-17 and 2012-08-19.
The main event will be taking place in the #musicbrainz-devel IRC channel on irc.freenode.org. We also encourage local people to get together and work on things in person if possible. If you're interested in that, please add your details below.
In addition, there will be a BigBlueButton server running at http://musicbrainz.bigbluebutton.org/ (password: “guest”) which anyone at the hackfest can use for voice and video conferencing and collaboration. This server supports dialing in with a toll-free number (in North America). Thanks to Blindside Networks who are providing the server.
- ocharles (Oliver Charles) will be in London. If anyone wants to meet, it may be possible to use the Last.fm offices as hack space (need to confirm).
- ianmcorvidae (Ian McEwen) is in Tucson, AZ, USA. On the off chance anyone else is nearby Ian can host some folks, or we can find somewhere to congregate.
- RobertKaye will be in SLO, California.
- kepstin (Calvin Walton) is in Ottawa, ON, CA; but would consider going to Toronto to meet up with someone there.
Projects in progress
RSS/Atom Feed of MusicBrainz changed entities
Hacked on by: RobertKaye
Many programs would like to see when the metadata in their music collection changes at MusicBrainz. But, constantly polling our web service is a bad way of doing this and will raise the ire of the MusicBrainz hosting team. Using our last_changed timestamps in our database we should be able to create RSS/Atom feeds from when the data in MusicBrainz changes. It might be especially relevant if we include the changed data in the RSS feed so that consumers of this feed don't even need to fetch the data again.
I've started investigating which tables have last_changed and created timestamps and which do not.
I've created a doc that will track the various notes for this project: RSS/Atom Feeds for changed entities
Hacking by: ianmcorvidae
Developers often mention JIRA tickets and Code Reviews in IRC, and it'd be really useful if a bot could translate those into real links that people can click. Going further, it might be nice to integrate Git commits, JIRA and Review Board activity straight into the IRC channel.
- I agree; it'd also be really nice to get rid of the current useless links, and probably also improve or get rid of the silly catchphrases -- for example, stfu.se gets linked whenever the string 'stfu' comes up, making it hard to talk about your "restful night" and other such topics. MBChatLogger also doesn't actually log correctly, especially quits/parts. Ianmcorvidae 18:55, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
- I've opened a ticket for automatically sending links to the chatlogs for development meetings to the -devel mailing list a while ago: OTHER-95 because finding them right now is a tedious task. --Mineo 19:23, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
RSS/Atom Feed Support in Picard
This ties together with RobertKaye's project. I'm making Picard keep a small database of the files a user has tagged, what entities are associated with it, and when things were last updated. On startup, Picard will check the feeds for any changes to entities in the database, after they were last updated. If there are changes, the user will be notified somehow, and can view a list of files that need updating. This feature will be optional.
We do an amazing job of collecting data, and we do a terrible job of showing it off. Now that we have the Cover Art Archive providing artwork, it might be nice to show the last 5 releases added that have a 'front' image. We could display this as a row of releases on the front page, along with a 'x minutes ago' part to show just how active we are.
Real time events
Proposed by: ocharles
Now that we have PgQ in our live database, we can do a lot of cool things. Something I'd love to see is a #musicbrainz-editing IRC channel, where a bot can announce changes to an IRC channel. When someone creates an edit, or leaves an edit note, the bot will announce this into the IRC channel. I think this will be interesting just to watch editing in realtime, but also it might have nice side effects on encouraging editing/voting participation.
I would also like to use this event framework to generate an RSS feed of changed MBIDs. This should help reduce problems with libraries doing massive database updates via the web service (headphones, we're looking at you!)
- It might be more than we can do in this weekend, but the same idea could be extended to full, actual last-modified support with a bit of legwork mapping database tables and potentially-affected WS endpoints/inc parameters. Ianmcorvidae 19:03, 15 June 2012 (UTC)
Friday, 17 August, 1900 UTC
We'll have an intro meeting, where we introduce the concept and people can talk about what hacks they plan to do and form teams around their work.
Friday, 17 August, 2000 UTC
Sunday, 19 August, 1900 UTC
An hour long meeting where everyone gets to talk about what they did, and show off their work.