Here, we are in the middle of walking through a sugar shell initialization to see all of the packages and utilities used in the sugar environment. Previously, we saw how Fedora is set up to launch sugar within a python context. Sugar had python launch Matchbox as an X windows environment, and DBUS as an interprocess messaging bus. After importing serveral python libraries (sys, os, gtk, & gobject), and some sugar environment libraries (env, logger, profile, & TracebackUtils), sugar is now going to continue setting up by importing special core python libraries and instantiating various classes and routines... Let's see what happens.
Sugar Package & Module Imports
The sugar-shell has already imported python and sugar environment modules, but now, sugar starts to import component modules from the view and model packages:
>>> from view.FirstTimeDialog import FirstTimeDialog >>> from view.Shell import Shell >>> from model.ShellModel import ShellModel
This looks a good bit like a Model, View, Controller design pattern.
Also, here is a bit about Python Modules and Packages.
Sugar's View Package
This thing's python path is sugar.view
It includes these modules:
- ActivityHost -- For sharing activities and managing a chat for each shared activity
- BuddyIcon -- The actual buddy Icon (an object) in the neighborhood & friends window.
- BuddyMenu -- Popup menu when you point to a buddy in your neighborhood (or friends window?)
- FirstTimeDialog -- Special dialog to get your nickname. Also randomly assigns you a color.
- OverlayWindow -- something to do with window management??
- Shell -- This module pulls together several objects and manages the actuall Shell class.
- clipboardicon -- logic for one item on the clipboard.
- clipboardmenu -- manages items on clipboard and copy status.
- stylesheet -- Sets default sizes and colors for sugar UI icons.
And these sub-packages:
Manages the OLPC-HIG sugar ui side frame.
Manages the OLPC-HIG zoom metaphor of the sugar ui center for the Mesh, Friends, & Donut views.
- FriendView -- ? OLPC-HIG Groups
- FriendsBox -- ? OLPC-HIG Groups
- HomeBox -- ? OLPC-HIG home
- HomeWindow -- ?
- MeshBox -- ? OLPC-HIG Neighborhood
- MyIcon -- Initializes OLPC-HIG user icon color based on stored preference file.
- activitiesdonut -- Manage the activities in the process donut view.
Sugar's Shell Module
Sugar's Shell Module pulls lots of services and system interfaces together and unifies them into a full user interface. The Shell module is a part of the View package.
- logging -- (sugar logger)
- gtk -- (The GIMP Tool Kit)
- gobject -- (gtk package)
- wnck -- (Window Navigator Construction Kit)
Lots of Sugar UI imports:
Sugar's Model Package
The Model Packages has the following modules:
- BuddyModel -- Tracks the details and connection to a single buddy on the mesh
- Friends -- Adds and removes Buddies to a list of friends
- Invites -- Invites Buddies to shared activities.
- MeshModel -- Tracks Activities, presense, and connections
- Owner -- Tracks details about the OLPC owner (nickname, icon, etc.)
- ShellModel -- Tracks List of Activities, Presence, List of Friends, Home, also announces presence of computer to others.
- homeactivity -- This class is instantiated to control a running activity.
- homemodel -- This is the data model used to manage a running activity.