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Re: The future of appcenter


If you do everything on your own deciding everything, there's no need to
follow that.
Saying that. Good luck with the AppCenter ;)

On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM, Joshua Strobl <truthfromlies@xxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> There is a limiting factor on what we can implement from third parties.
> For instance, with Ubuntu Reviews API, we (along with everyone else) has
> read-only access, therefore we are not able to apply our own ratings and
> reviews (obviously a write process). This is already going to be covered in
> the API, I'll be pushing out code by the end of the week (hopefully) that
> will handle a portion of this.
> The general idea is to either completely pull all the reviews / ratings
> from Ubuntu, pretty much regarding every application (although I'd prefer
> we only limit to applications that are actually popular) and store them in
> our own database. This will ensure that any breaking changes that occur in
> Ubuntu's Reviews API do not affect AppCenter, since the reviews are stored
> with us anyways. Another idea would be to continue pulling reviews /
> ratings from Ubuntu's Reviews API and only store reviews / ratings by
> elementary OS users.
> It is really up to group consensus. This isn't so much about rewriting
> things, its more like leveraging existing APIs to get a good jumpstart on
> an AppCenter.
> I would appreciate if you'd follow
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/appcenter/+bug/1091406, as I'll be posting
> details, potentially initial JSON formatted string files (for showing how
> some of the data will be structured when being requested via an HTTP
> Request) and at some point I'll link to the repo for the API.
> - Joshua Strobl
> On Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 3:29 AM, Goncalo Margalho <g@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> So we are going to rewrite it? Why in linux community people like to
> rewrite things? We need to plan stuff to work on in and then implement.
> Here, everyone likes just to implement. Why dont we think about the future.
> Use our brains to build something that it will stay like this?
> On Mar 26, 2013 10:07 AM, "Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff" <
> sergey@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 2013/3/26 Goncalo Margalho <g@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> I think that the AppCenter now is just a wrapper of packagekit, i mean,
>>> instead of using apt you use AppCenter, how do you add reviews? paying apps
>>> etc?
>> No, it's not. PackageKit API does not provide application screenshots,
>> for example. They're fetched on-demand from
>> http://screenshots.ubuntu.com/ or http://screenshots.debian.org/(they're the same website anyway).
>> As for paid apps, there's a staggering number of possibilities. Ideally
>> we'd use something distribution- and vendor-independent, and I have a few
>> ideas on how to achieve that. But IMO it's too early to discuss
>> implementing paid apps yet. We'll design the architecture for that when we
>> get there.
>> --
>> Sergey "Shnatsel" Davidoff
>> OS architect @ elementary

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