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Re: Picking Up Shotwell Development
I have just recently joined this list and am eager to help out this
I have had a lot of experience with Perl and C in the past, but I have
not used them for a while and am very rusty there. I've also toyed
around a bit with Mac OS X and iOS development (but have never made any
I currently do web development with WordPress and am quite
knowledgeable in PHP.
All that said, this is my first experience with attempting to program
on a linux machine. I'm enjoying it immensely so far! I just learned
about vala a week ago and am already building a nifty app with it,
mostly leaning on examples from around the web. Last night I found out
about Glade, downloaded it, and played around with it quite a bit. It's
a fun tool.
In any case I went ahead and downloaded the newly created trunk for
pantheon-photos. I've already made some changes as requested in the bug
tracker. However, as this is my first time developing for elementary
and linux in general, I would appreciate any guidance from team
members. I searched on the website but could not find references to how
to set up a development environment with all the necessary packages.
I would really appreciate if someone could describe how to get up and
running, using pantheon-photos as an example. I learn quickly and if
someone takes the time to help me get set up for this one app, I
believe I can then apply that thruout the rest of elementary (because I
would like to contribute a lot more in the future). I have some ideas
for an Address Book and making changes to Calendar to allowing syncing.
At the moment, I got as far as making changes to one source code file,
SearchFilter.vala (I removed the labels from the toolbar as listed on
launchpad), ran configure (it generated an error about pkg-config not
being able to locate glibphoto2 even tho it is installed, which I
fixed), then ran make. make failed with a whole bunch of errors, almost
all related to pkg-config not being able to locate packages (as similar
to glibphoto2). For example:
Package gee-0.8 was not found in the pkg-config search path.
Perhaps you should add the directory containing `gee-0.8.pc'
to the PKG_CONFIG_PATH environment variable
No package 'gee-0.8' found
I can copy the full output of the failed make if anyone is able to help.
Apologies if this is not the proper channel for this request, but I've
tried: searching the website and hanging out in elementary-dev and have
not had much success with either.
Please help, I'd really like to contribute to the project.
On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM, Daniel Foré <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Harvey has some great mocks on dA. I'm going to be trying to ticket
some smaller design issues until we get it in a state where I think
we can start moving the UI in that direction.
The first big design challenge is going to be sorting through that
menubar and making sure all the functionality is available in the UI.
Then we can start talking about some bigger UI changes.
On Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM, A. "Xylon" V. <avlabs314@xxxxxxxxx>
Yay! Maybe some blueprints linking to some mockups and how they
should be implemented would be helpful?
On Jan 24, 2014 8:13 PM, "Daniel Foré" <daniel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I’ve been talking to Jim Nelson (President of Yorba) about
Shotwell for a while now and here’s the quick and dirty: Shotwell
needs a new maintainer. Ubuntu has the Gallery app, Fedora has
GNOME photos, and Yorba just doesn’t have the resources anymore
to maintain Shotwell. Their focus is on Geary. So that pretty much
leaves us or an unknown to take up the mantel.
Jim seems really excited about the idea of Shotwell becoming a part
of our community. He thinks we have the talent and the vision to
bring it up to date and make it into a really great app. But
there’s a small caveat: Yorba recently joined the GNOME
development community. So officially, development is done in GNOME
git and bugzilla and their wiki, etc. Which is obviously not ideal
Enter the solution: After some discussion with Jim, we think the
best course of action is for elementary to fork Shotwell. I’ve
taken the liberty of setting up a launchpad page for Pantheon
Photos. It is currently maintained by elementary-apps team, but I
think we’ll want to create a Pantheon Photos team as Jim wants to
stay in the loop on development, but we don’t want to spam him
with all the other elementary apps stuff.
Firstly, I know that this is a big responsibility to take on. I
think as a community, we can do it. Having Photos in launchpad and
under the umbrella of the elementary apps team will allow us a lot
more freedom for casual involvement with the code base. Not to
mention, Jim has already stated that he is available to answer
anyone’s questions or give guidance regarding how Shotwell’s
code is structured, things to watch out for, etc.
I think this is going to be a really positive move for our photos
app and I’m looking forward to working with all of you on
building a really great Photos experience in elementary OS.
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