Sunday, October 30, 2011
UDS is here again. Tomorrow another week packed with content that will define the plans for a new Ubuntu LTS release will start, and this time around application development will be a prominent topic.
So for all of you interested in helping and being part of the effort of making Ubuntu a platform of choice for application developers, here’s a quick list with an overview of the sessions we’ve got in store this week.
Remember you can register your interest in sessions you want to attend or keep up to date with by using the Subscribe link on each session’s blueprint. The links in the list below will take you to the blueprints used to define the specifications for each feature or goal. You can also check out the full UDS schedule.
So, without further ado, here’s the list of app development sessions:
- Software Center roadmap – the feature planning for Software Center in the upcoming release
- App developer community growth – laying out the foundations to build and grow the Ubuntu app developer community
- App developer resources section update – the plans to update the Information Architecture on the resources section of the app developer site
- App developer support community growth – defining the roadmap for a community to share knowledge and provide support between app developers
- App developer tutorial growth – an initiative to create a rich set of development tutorials on the app developer site
- App Review Board update and planning – the App Review Board roadmap for 12.04
- Quickly 12.04 Enhancements – the plans to make Quickly better and keep pace with the platform
- Qt panel – a Q+A and all-round discussion session about the Qt roadmap and other topics
- Qt integration – a session on how to integrate Qt to Ubuntu development tools and APIs
- QtQuick workshop for designers – a showcase of the tools QtQuick makes available to designers to integrate their output in the development workflow
Oh, and don’t miss the Application development and the Qt keynotes on Tuesday
See you all there!
Monday, September 26, 2011
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of a significant milestone in the ongoing effort of making Ubuntu a target for app developers: the new Ubuntu App Developer site.
Developer.ubuntu.com should now be the central point of reference for any topics related to application development. From creation to publication: porting, sharing, contributing, finding information… a site that should grow organically to provide the tools, share the knowledge and act as the springboard to foster app proliferation and developer community growth in this exciting area.
Embracing the concept that for sustainable business development and wider adoption Ubuntu should provide the ability to purchase apps as well as to install open source software for free, the site has been developed with that exact idea in mind. In that regard, developer.ubuntu.com has been built upon the foundations of existing tools such as the Ubuntu Software Centre and My Apps to offer a unified and consistent journey for both open-source, non-commercial and commercial app authors.
A quick walk through the App Developer site
All sections of the site have been carefully designed upon research and user testing to provide a simple yet intuitive journey to app developers, from software creation to publication and distribution in the Ubuntu Software Centre. Here’s a quick guide:
- Get started – an introduction to the recommended tools and the workflow for Ubuntu app development, including a video to kickstart new developers in less than five minutes.
- Resources – a growing directory of resources to support app development in Ubuntu: reference documentation, guides, tutorials and more.
- Publish – a simple guide to app publication in the Ubuntu Software Centre, including an extensive FAQ on how to publish commercial applications.
- Community – the place to get involved, share and actively participate within a network of like-minded developers, including the app developer blog.
- My Apps – an online tool to enable app developers go straight from a finished app to the Software Centre, making publication a seamless process.
In this project I’ve had the privilege of working with the Web Design team, who essentially made the site happen. It’s been a fun ride, and they’ve produced a truly stunning result in a very tight schedule. To them, and to many Canonicalers and other members of the Ubuntu family go the thanks for making developer.ubuntu.com possible.
This is just the beginning. For all its current awesomeness, we are aware that the site needs to pass the test of a wider audience, adapt to their needs, and grow. Expect more developer.ubuntu.com discussions at the next Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, Florida, where any community member can participate and contribute to the discussion of the future plans for the site.
In the meantime, there are two easy ways in which you can already start participating:
- Tutorials – we’re in need of more tutorial content, and you can help other developers by having your tutorial featured on developer.ubuntu.com
- Bugs – help us test and improve the site by reporting any bugs that you might find
This is a very exciting and new territory for Ubuntu, and I’m thrilled to see all the progress we’re making in this area. This is going to be awesome.