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Re: KiCAD 5.99/6 Python API status & time schedule


I am an avid user of Jan's tools (KiKit mostly) and it has become
increasingly difficult to keep them working with current v6 code as api
calls keep getting removed or moved around. I know that having an open
development process for the new API can be counter productive (bikeshedding
and all) but if there is not a defined deadline for this to land on in this
feature freeze, would the developers consider accepting bug reports and
merge requests against api regressions from 5.1 as bugs in the interim?

On Thu, Apr 1, 2021 at 4:15 AM Jan Mrázek <email@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hello,
> I develop and maintain several KiCAD plugins. Many of my users started
> switching/would like to KiCAD 5.99 as it brings many exciting features.
> Therefore, I get frequently a question when KiCAD v5.99 will be
> supported. However, as there were some breaking changes and some parts
> of the API are gone and their substitutes are missing, I cannot support
> nightly (e.g., [1]). I remember there were some promises on the API for
> 5.99/6 during summer-autumn 2020 that it could be ready around end of
> January 2021. However, as I checked the source code, there are no news
> regarding the API. I also did not found any draft on the proposed
> feature of the API.
> Therefore, I would like to ask you:
> - is there any proposal of the new API for pcbnew and eeschema we could
> check out? I am interested to see it, possibly start adapting my plugins
> to it and e.g., give you feedback on missing functionality/hard to use
> parts before it gets freeze (basically my concerns from [2])
> - is there any work-in-progress we can test? If not, is there a known
> time estimate when KiCAD can reach first testable version of the Python
> API?
> - I know that maintaining large open-source project is hard and time
> consuming, so I would like to ask if there is anything I could do to
> help your regarding the API? I have already contributed to KiCAD and I
> think am a skillful C++ programmer, so if there are some isolated tasks
> that you can delegate, I am willing to contribute!
> PS: As I am not a native speaker, so I am not sure if I set the tone of
> the e-mail right. To clarify; I am writing in a curious and caring
> matter. I do not blame you guys for not having the API yet. I value your
> work and appreciate it a lot!
> Jan
> [1] https://gitlab.com/kicad/code/kicad/-/issues/6885
> [2] https://gitlab.com/kicad/code/kicad/-/issues/7134
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