Ubuntu Touch Core Apps Project:
Sprinting to MWC: Ubuntu Touch Core App Hack Days!
Wikipedia says a Hack Day is:-
"an event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects"
We're running a third batch of Hack Days for the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps in January 2014. As we're drawing closer to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in February and the Ubuntu Touch 14.04 release in April, we are tightly focused in polishing the core functionality across all core apps ready for them to be of production-quality on phones, tablets and desktops by release.
We are at a critical point of the release, where everything is coming together and there is a lot of hectic in the platform to get everything ready. Starting from scratch, and driven by the community, the core apps work has been stunning so far, and we want to they get the exposure they deserve and users can benefit from them by driving them to completion. With everyone's help we can make it!
As such, we've chosen the theme for these Hack Days to be Sprinting to MWC.
More specifically we want to focus on:-
- Fix design “bytesize” bugs
- Drive the more complete apps close to the finish line (Calculator, Weather, Sudoku, etc)
- Implementing the final UX and visual designs for Calendar and Music
Finding & fixing critical bugs in core apps and their dependencies
- Identify and record gaps in functionality - and assign people to fix them
- Get new developers involved in Core Apps and Ubuntu Touch development in general
- Have fun!
We will be focusing on a set of goals for each app to drive them to completion.
We've chosen to focus on two Core Apps per day over the period 24th - 30th January 2014 - with the weekend off for a well deserved rest! (although if you want to work on Core Apps at the weekend, we won't mind!)
As with the second Hack Day, we're batching two Core Apps together each day. This allows us to get through all 10 apps in 5 days, and gives people a choice each day for which app to work on. This is especially useful where we have paired an app which is mostly complete with one where there are gaps, of paired two apps which use similar technologies. Have no fear, there will be no days with nothing to do!
We're going to run the days from 09:00 UTC to 21:00 UTC.
Here's the schedule:-
We co-ordinate the work in #ubuntu-app-devel on freenode IRC.
Participating in the Hack Days is extremely easy: you just need a working Internet connection and access to IRC. We simply recommend some preparation beforehand: