@Ivan here’s a wild idea:
Since I discovered it a year ago, I only use Poetry as package manager for my python projects. It’s amazingly simple, beautiful, and easy and slick as you wish pip would be. It’s so well designed it brings a tear to my eye
The cool thing is for each project you create with Poetry it creates a local environment which you can easily commit to git update/change/send to a client. By default Poetry uses a venv it fires up for each project, but that will not work with TD and we also don’t need the venv feature, we just need Poetry to manage packages and that TD knows about them being installed locally.
I currently already use poetry with TD projects, but it requires some hacks for each DAT to be able to import these locally installed packages which makes it all a bit cumbersome to use.
My dream is that TD would ship with poetry included, and that I for instance would only have to type
poetry add pycuda in the textport to include the pycuda python package with my current .toe project.
That would mean from then on I can type
in all my TouchDesigner DATs and it would just work. (just like the Requests library that ships with TD)
Also that would mean a new directory Lib/site-packages would be created next to my .toe file where in this example the pycuda package (and its dependencies) will be installed to (so they are not system-wide installed but per project instead).
poetry does all sorts of amazing things in the background, like create project.toml and .lock files which you can commit to Git so it’s guaranteed any client / coworker opening a .toe project 6 months from now would get those exact same package versions I specified when delivering the project.
thanks for reading all this and try to take look at poetry if you have some spare time !