wxPython Phoenix on the way!

The wxPython Phoenix train is back on the tracks and moving forward at full steam ahead!

"Phoenix" is the code name of the next generation of the wxPython project. The primary goals of the project are to make it much easier—through increased automation—to develop, maintain, and enhance wxPython in the future, and to remove old hacks and other cruft that are no longer needed and which tends to cause confusion for new users. The secondary goals are to make wxPython "...better, stronger, faster." than he was before.

While Phoenix is currently in a pre-alpha state, it is already in a very usable state and many people are already using it in their projects. You can download binary wheels for Python 2.7, 3.4 and 3.5 on Windows and OSX from the snapshots folder. Be sure to check the README file there for more details about what is there and how to use it. Alpha #1 is on the horizon, at which point Phoenix will start being available directly from PyPI.

If you want to learn more about Phoenix or to help with the effort, please join the wxPython-dev group. You can also track development or submit PRs at the Phoenix GitHub project.

Finally, members of the wxPython community have joined together to make pledges towards a bounty reward for the completion of the Phoenix release, with the primary goal of jump-starting development. If you are interested in making a pledge, please read this message thread and contact David Hughes. No actual money will be requested or transferred until the release is completed.

New Horizons

For the past few months I have been working for Enthought and helping out with a new upcoming product. Since that is about to transition to a more long term employment opportunity for me I figured it would be a good idea to let the wxPython community know about it, and also to let you know about some aspects of the job that some may find a little surprising, before you hear about it as rumors or gossip.

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