Application Pages / BoF at Akademy

Andreas Cord-Landwehr cordlandwehr at
Tue Aug 26 06:38:23 UTC 2014

Hi, during the last Randa meeting, Albert, Aleix and me hat a nice chat about 
how to use the new AppData files of the different applications to have a new 
way to generate the JSON files needed for the application pages (as for 
example this one at (The current way is to parse the main.cpp and the *.desktop files 
and merge them with some magic.)

As far as I know (please correct me, since I only know the edu-www pages in 
depth) both Edu and use the same scripts to generate these JSON 
files, even if Edu forked them years ago. And actually, they are not working 
anymore since the script-logic is expecting all applications to live in SVN.

Our plan is to update/change the generation scripts at to utilize 
the appdata files as well as to make them working with our Git infrastructure. 
The far goal, however, might be to reuse them for pages, i.e., for 
our application hub.

These are our planned steps:
* BoF: we registered a BoF at Akademy's Wednesday, 11:30am to which everyone 
interested is invited (primary goal: technical discussion how the scripts 
shall work, how everything fits into our infrastructure)
* Protoype: I plan to make a prototype for converting those appdata files and 
see which of the information our JSON files provide we can gain this way
* Edu-Testrun: update
* Later: see if/how the scripts can be reused for


PS: please ask if anything is unclear, since I am quite sure that I did not 
start with the right technical level for everyone :)

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