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Development of Abstract Wikipedia will proceed in two major parts, each consisting of a large number of tasks. Part P1 is about developing the wiki of functions, and Part P2 is about abstract content and natural language generation. On this page, we further break down the tasks of Part P1 into phases that each cover some of the work under a given task. The below contains links to Phabricator, where tasks and phases are broken down even further.

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We expect to take about ten phases before launching the wiki of functions.

All the below phases cover work under Task P1.2: Initial development, unless marked otherwise.

Part P1: Wiki of functions

Phase α (alpha): store, display and edit header  Hecho 2020-08-25

  1. Set up replicable development environment.tarea T258893
    •   Hecho Start extension.tarea T258893
    •   Hecho Config works, upload bootstrap content.
    •   Hecho Reuse existing JSON ContentHandler.tarea T258893
    •   Hecho Allow for entering JSON objects through the raw editing interface.tarea T258893
  2.   Hecho Extend and hardcode checker for JSON objects to check for ZObject well-formedness. Nothing that is not well-formed will be further handled or stored. Well-formedness should probably be checked both in the PHP and the JS code (should be easy to write anyway).
    •   Hecho en PHP. — tarea T258894
    • Well-formedness: key syntax, allowed keys, values are strings or proto-objects or lists of values.tarea T258894
  3.   Hecho Every stored top-level ZObject must be a Z2/Persistent object.tarea T258897
  4.   Hecho Create Z1/Object, offering one key, Z1K1/type.
  5.   Hecho Extend hardcoded validator to check Z1K1/type.
  6.   Hecho Create Z2/Persistent object.tarea T258897
  7.   Hecho Z2/Persistent object has the keys Z2K1/ID and Z2K2/value, and Z2K3/Proto-Label, the latter being counterfactually just a single string with no language information.tarea T258897
  8.   Hecho Extend hardcoded validator for Z2/Persistent object so far.tarea T258897
  9.   Hecho Provide hardcoded display for Z2/Persistent object (that is the header) (that is a pretty big task).tarea T258898
  10.   Hecho Provide generic view for the Z2K2/value object.tarea T258898
  11.   Hecho Turn Z2K3/proto-label into the proper Z2K3/label for multilingual text.
  12.   Hecho Extend viewing for Z2K3/label with multilingual text.

Phase completion condition: As a user [of a site with the MediaWiki extension installed], I can create and store a string as a new ZObject, e.g. "Hello world!".

Phase β (beta): create types and instances  Hecho 2021-02-04

  1.   Hecho Hardcoded validators for Z4/proto-types and Z3/proto-keys.tarea T258900
    • A Z4 has a Z4K2/keys with a json List of Z3s.
    • A proto-key has a Z3K1/ID and Z3K2/type and Z3K3/label (mirror the development of label for Z2K3?).
  2.   Hecho Create Z4/Type and Z3/Key (Task P1.14).
  3.   Hecho Search for ZObjects by label.tarea T260750
  4.   Hecho Use Z4 type data and key declarations for validating objects.tarea T260861
  5.   Hecho Use Z4 type data and key declarations for generic view of objects.tarea T258901
  6.   Hecho Use Z4 type data and key declarations for editing and creation of objects.tarea T258903 & tarea T258904
  7.   Hecho Provide hardcoded display and edit interface for Z12 type.tarea T258900

Phase completion condition:

As a user, I can create and store an object implementing any on-wiki defined type, e.g. the positive integer one

Phase γ (gamma): functions, implementations, errors  Hecho 2021-04-02

  1.   Hecho Introduce a simple error object.tarea T261464
  2.   Hecho Introduce simple function.tarea T258957
  3.   Hecho Introduce simple implementation, for now only built-ins.tarea T258958
  4.   Hecho Create a few functions and built-ins.tarea T261474
  5.   Hecho Introduce a simple function call type.tarea T261467
  6.   Hecho Tester type (Task P1.10).tarea T261465

Phase completion condition: As a user, I can store a function call, a function, and a tester (only the objects, no actual evaluation yet), e.g. if(true, false, true) (read "if true then false else true", i.e. negation)

Phase δ (delta): built ins  Hecho 2021-05-11

  1.   Hecho Evaluation system for built-ins.tarea T260321
  2.   Hecho Enable web users to call evaluation through an API module (Task P1.5).tarea T261475
  3.   Hecho Special page for calling evaluation (Task P1.11).tarea T261471

Phase completion condition: As a user, I can use a special page to evaluate a built-in function with supplied inputs, e.g. to check whether the empty list is empty.

Phase ε (epsilon): native function calls  Hecho 2021-06-30

  1.   Hecho JavaScript implementations (Task P1.12).tarea T275944
  2.   Hecho Python implementations (Task O6).tarea T273517
  3.   Hecho Allow forms to be included for evaluation.tarea T261472

Phase completion condition: As a user, I can use a special page to evaluate a user-written function in one of the supported languages, e.g. call a user-written function in Python to add up two numbers.

Phase ζ (zeta): composition  Hecho 2021-08-27

  1.   Hecho Allow for composition implementations (Task P1.6).tarea T261468

Phase completion condition:

  • As a user, I can implement a function using composition of other functions, rather than writing it myself, e.g. negate(Boolean → Boolean).  Hecho
  • (Stretch condition) As a user, I can see the results of testers on the relevant function implementation's page. [This might need to be moved to a later phase as not all requirements may be met this point. Must be done by phase ι.]  Hecho

Phase η (eta): generic types  Hecho 2022-04-08

  1.   Hecho Allow for generic types, particularly for Z10/List and Z8/Function, and replace Z10/List and Z8/Function.tarea T275941
  2.   Hecho Errors can be processed like ZObjects.
  3.   Hecho User-defined types work with validators.

Phase completion condition:

  • Being able to implement curry as a composition on the wiki, but without requiring strict static analysis  Hecho
  • Making it possible to create the following three 'user-defined' types on the wiki: positive integer, sign, and integer  Hecho
  • Being able to make a generic wrapper type through composition on the wiki  Hecho

See also the newsletter posted about this phase.

Phase θ (theta): thawing and freezing  Hecho 2023-06-19

  1.   Hecho Freezing and thawing content (Task P1.7).tarea T275942
  2.   Hecho Task P1.9: Pass security review.tarea T274682, …
  3.   Hecho Launch public test system (Task P1.4).tarea T261469

Phase completion condition:

  • As a sysop, I can freeze and unfreeze any user-written object (akin to, or maybe the same as, MediaWiki's protection system); all system-supplied objects are permanently frozen.
  • As a user editing a frozen page, I can change the label, but not the implementation, whereas on an unfrozen page both are possible.
  • ZObjects are stored using the new canonical form for typed lists, and all parts are still working
  • View and edit function is implemented and tested successfully
  • When several implementations are available, the "best" is chosen. (Fitness determination to potentially be changed later.)
  • We measure the clock time & memory use of each function run, and display it on the execution result & in the implementation/test table.
  • Edits to system-defined ZObjects are restricted to users with the correct rights. Understandable diffs are emitted. Results are cached.
  • Text with fallback, references, strings, lists is implemented and tested successfully
  • A shared understanding with the community of how the team will contribute to Wikifunctions, and why, is documented
  • Designs for viewing and editing multi-lingual documentation on mobile and desktop are approved. UX is instrumented and data collected.

Phase ι (iota): documentation of objects

  1. This is a preliminary assignment, moving the documentation tasks here.
  2. Provide editing for the header (additionally to full raw editing) (that is a pretty big task) — this refers only to the labels, actually.
  3. Extend editing for Z2K3/label with multilingual text.
  4. Extend the header with Z2K4/documentation.tarea T260954 & tarea T260956
  5. Extend editing to deal with Z2K4/documentation.tarea T260955

Phase completion condition: As a user, I can document a ZObject in any and all supported languages, using a wikitext.

Phase κ (kappa): cleanup

  1. Tightening up and clean up tasks, to close all pre-launch tasks.

Phase completion condition: As the Abstract Wikipedia Team, we feel ready for launch, including sign-off from all relevant colleagues.

Phase λ (lambda): launch

  1. Phase λ (lambda) is meant for launch. If there are pre-launch tasks that prevent that, so be it, obviously.
  2. Set up a new Wikimedia project.
  3. Move some of the wiki pages about the project from Meta to Wikifunctions.

Phase completion condition: As a person on the Web, I can visit and use to write and run functions directly on the site.

Unphased tasks

Pre-launch tasks that need to happen but are not phased in yet:

Post-launch tasks of Part 1

Véase también