SoK 2014: Revamp Planet KDE

Ingo Malchow imalchow at
Fri Nov 7 19:52:49 UTC 2014

Am Freitag, 7. November 2014, 19:16:15 schrieb Ranveer Aggarwal:
> Project Title:
> Revamp
> Description:
> For the uninitiated, Planet KDE is KDE's Blog aggregator, i.e. it displays
> feeds from the blogs of KDE contributors on one common web platform.
> It's been in existence since 2008, and uses Rawdog (A Python-based RSS
> Aggregator). It renders all the content on to a single HTML file, which can
> be customized.
> Basically, what I'm trying to do is to revamp the existing website, in the
> following ways:
> * Upgrade Rawdog to its newest version
> * Give the website a new look and feel, with mobile compatibility
> * Add social network feeds to it, if the APIs permit
> So here is what I have roughly planned:
> * Firstly, I'll read through the rawdog docs, and try a small
> implementation locally. [By November 24th]
> * Next, I'll go through the existing source code, and see how it is
> written, especially the rawdog-HTML/CSS integration. [By November 30th]
> * After the basic requirement of aggregating blogs is done, I'll go through
> the API documentations of social networking websites and work on the
> integration with the website, again locally. [By December 7th]
> * After understanding how things work in the above two steps, I'll make a
> rough mockup of the new design and that can be discussed and improved upon.
> [Will be done concurrently; will be finalized by December 10th]
> * Then I'll develop the front-end part of the website [By December 20th]
> * After that is done, add rawdog and the social network APIs to it. [By
> December 30th]
> * Finalizing the code, adding finishing touches, adding new features if
> possible [Thereafter]
> Again, this is a rough timeline. Any improvements/suggestions would be
> great.
> The first step is going to experience some delay because I have my
> semester-end examinations from 10th to 22nd of November.
> Mentor for the Project:
> Jonathan Riddell
> About me:
> I'm Ranveer and I'm a third year undergraduate pursuing bachelors in
> Computer Science and Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology,
> Bombay. I have been programming for the past two years and this is my first
> time as an open source contributor.
> Any input from the community would be much appreciated.
> Regards,
> Ranveer Aggarwal

Hi Ranveer,

personally i think that sounds like a great idea. Some suggestions though. 
At the moment the planet is quite different to the look of the other kde 
websites. It is not the only website though. 
There is some progress on improving/renewing the look of kde websites, and you 
preferrably choose a look that is close/similar to that of the others.
The newest discussion about a new look can be seen on (the okular site is only 
used as starting point here)

This is only a suggestion though. You may also want to jump into the 
discussion if you have some feedback, i have added mine already :P

Apart from that, good luck and have fun with the project.

Ingo Malchow
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