We're hiring!
*

GNOME programming guidelines: the rise of gnome-devel-docs

Philip Withnall avatar

Philip Withnall
February 11, 2015

Share this post:

tl;dr: Check out the new GNOME Programming Guidelines and file bugs in Bugzilla.

Now, to some of the results of the hackfest. In the last week or so, I’ve been working on expanding the GNOME programming guidelines, upstreaming various bits of documentation which Collabora have been writing for a customer who is using the GNOME stack in a large project. The guidelines were originally written in the early days of GNOME by Federico, Miguel and Morten; Federico updated them in 2013, and now they’ve been expanded again.

It looks like these guidelines can fill one of the gaps we currently have in documentation, where we need to recommend best practices and give tutorial-style examples, but gtk-doc–generated API manuals are not the right place. For example, the new guidelines include recommendations for making libraries parallel-installable (based off Havoc’s original article, with permission); or recommendations for choosing where to store data (in GSettings, a serialised GVariant store, or a full-on GOM/SQLite database?). The guidelines are intended to be useful to all developers, although inherently need to target newer developers more, so may simplify a few things.

I’ve still got some ideas for things to add. For example, I need to rework some of my blog posts about GMainContext into an article, since we should be documenting before blogging. Other ideas are very welcome, as is criticism, feedback and improvements: please file a bug against gnome-devel-docs. Thanks to the documentation team for their help and reviews!

Original post

Related Posts

Related Posts

Comments (0)


Add a Comment






Allowed tags: <b><i><br>Add a new comment:


Search the newsroom

Latest Blog Posts

Visual-inertial tracking for Monado

05/04/2022

Monado now has initial support for 6DoF ("inside-out") tracking for devices with cameras and an IMU! Three free and open source SLAM/VIO…

Spotlight on Meson's full-featured developer environment

30/03/2022

When developing an application or a library, it is very common to want to run it without installing it, or to install it into a custom prefix…

How to write a Vulkan driver in 2022

23/03/2022

An incredible amount has changed in Mesa and in the Vulkan ecosystems since we wrote the first Vulkan driver in Mesa for Intel hardware…

Improving the reliability of file system monitoring tools

14/03/2022

Every file system used in production has tools to try to recover from system crashes. To provide a better infrastructure for those tools,…

PipeWire: A year in review & a look ahead

08/03/2022

The PipeWire project made major strides over the past few years, bringing shiny new features, and paving the way for new possibilities in…

Landing a new syscall, part 1: What is futex?

08/02/2022

Over the past 18 months, we have been on a roller-coaster ride developing futex2, a new set of system calls. As part of this effort, the…

Open Since 2005 logo

We use cookies on this website to ensure that you get the best experience. By continuing to use this website you are consenting to the use of these cookies. To find out more please follow this link.

Collabora Ltd © 2005-2022. All rights reserved. Privacy Notice. Sitemap.