Unity Developer Documentation

Registered by Michael Hall

Review the existing Unity developer documentation, identify areas for improvement

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Jono Bacon
Michael Hall
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Accepted for quantal
Milestone target:
milestone icon ubuntu-12.10

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Initially there was no documentation at all on how to get involved

Now there is a new page on http://unity.ubuntu.com/getinvolved/development/ that clearly explains how to get started contributing to Ubuntu

AskUbuntu question: http://askubuntu.com/questions/28470/how-do-i-build-unity-from-source

A challenge is still to find the place on the code to do particular things
The structure of code files in Unity was updated very recently.

Feedback from a prospective Unity developer
Challenge: discoverability of documentation
SEO optimization of the online documentation

New contributors can get lost in a sea of terminology like autopilot tests, etc.

Lack of code comments is another issue.

No cross-linking between developer.u.c and unity.u.c documentation

Launchpad documentation on how to do merge proposals/code reviews: https://help.launchpad.net/Code/Review


Work Items

Work items:
[mhall119] Update unity devel sourcecode layout section: DONE
[bilalakhtar] Automate build process to one script: TODO
[mhall119] Add link to file bugs against the documentation: TODO
[mhr3] Define terminology for all the UI components: TODO
[daker] Add imagemap screenshots of Unity, linking to associated source files: TODO
[mhall119] Collect Autopilot and other test writing documentation: INPROGRESS
[mhall119] Post Autopilot docs on unity.u.c: INPROGRESS
[mhall119] Gather code documentation metrics (https://docs.google.com/a/canonical.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AofbdH5hl5CbdEFBS0lLalh4RU1abTI5QXVkMjhMRFE#gid=0) : DONE
[mhall119] Add links to documentation on submitting MPs once they are ready: DONE
[mhall119] Update API links on http://unity.ubuntu.com/projects/unity/: DONE
[mhall119] Update links on http://unity.ubuntu.com/projects/appindicators/: DONE
[mhall119] Add System Indicators link: DONE
Remove links to the wiki when similar content is on developer.u.c: TODO
Scan wiki pages and put a deprecated warning and link to developer.u.c on old pages: TODO
[mhall119] Get rid of hardware requirements wiki page (check with dbarth first): DONE
[bigwhale] Scan unity.ubuntu.com and make a list of old/outdated links (send to mhall119): TODO

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