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
It is a very new and exciting territory for Ubuntu, and I'm thrilled to see all the progress we're making in this area. This is going to be awesome.