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Who wants to maintain Flask-FlatPages?

Simon Sapin,

I made both Frozen-Flask and Flask-FlatPages at the same time when I built the current iteration of this website. If I were to do it again I would make Frozen-Flask exactly the same, it is close to perfect. But I would not make a library like Flask-FlatPages at all.

There is not much in Flask-FlatPages itself: it’s mostly glue around YAML, Markdown and Pygments. While a library should be generic and configurable to accommodate all kinds of use case, Flask-FlatPages is just at the level where each application will make different choices: not quite this directory structure, slightly different parameters for Markdown, …

As a result, Flask-FlatPages has more configuration and abstractions than actually useful code. (Not to mention a cache with weird invalidation rules.) My own needs on this blog are actually much more modest then everything the library can do: one page at /about/; everything else at /<year>/<name>/ where <year> is a four-digit integer.

So after using and maintaining Flask-FlatPages for a while, I just don’t like it. So I refactored this site to not use it anymore. I have ~50 lines of app-specific code that does what it needs to and no more, instead of a ~200 lines lib that needs to be tested, packaged and maintained. I am very satisfied with the result. I did add caching (invalidated by the files’s modification time) because it was easy, but even that is overkill.

But apparently some people do use Flask-FlatPages, and actually like it! I don’t really want to work on it anymore, but I won’t throw it away either. If anyone wants to take over and maintain the project, please let me know and I will gladly give them PyPI and Github access. Otherwise I guess the project will continue stagnating. I will be discussing this on Github.

Update: Igor Davydenko a.k.a @playpauseandstop took over.