Info 2 Teaching Ubuntu App Development



At the virtual UDS in November we talked about having events where local communities could learn more about app development for Ubuntu for the first time. Since then we have come a long way:
  • We have some really nice materials set up.
  • The first events were held in a number of places around the world.
  • We got feedback and improved our docs.
  • Before the Ubuntu Global Jam and the release parties for 14.04 LTS we will have two Q&A sessions where you can ask all organisational and technical questions you might have.

You donít have to do everything yourself!

When we started the initiative, we first talked to members of the Ubuntu community who knew a bit of app development already. Many of them liked the idea, but didnít quite know how to set up an event or how to organise everything. We tried to address this by bringing them in touch with some of the LoCo teams which helped in a bunch of cases where events have already happened or are going to happen quite soon. We want more of this to happen.

Itís only understandable that you canít do everything yourself, or that one personís skills lie in a more organisational field and somebody else has some more experience with app development. Bringing the two together, we are going to have more interesting events, more people introduced to writing apps for Ubuntu, which will be great for everyone involved.

Getting started

Sounds good so far? Hereís what you can do to get more folks exposed to how sweet and easy it is to write apps for Ubuntu.

As somebody who can organise events, but might need to find a speaker: Ask in #ubuntu-app-devel on Freenode or on the ubuntu-app-devel@ mailing list, to see if anyone is in your area to give a talk. Ask on your LoCoís or LUGís mailing list as well. Even if somebody whoís into programming hasnít developed using Ubuntuís SDK yet, they should be able to familiarise themselves with the technologies quite easily.

As somebody who has written code before and didnít find the Ubuntu app development materials too challenging, but might need to find some help with organising the event: Ask on the loco-contacts@ mailing list. There are LoCos all around the world and most of them will be happy to see somebody give a talk at an event.

Whichever camp youíre in:
Letís make this happen together. Writing apps for Ubuntu and publishing them has never been easier, and theyíll make Ubuntu on phones/tablets much more interesting, and will run on the desktop as well.