Re: gnome shell extension development environment

Don't bother doing anything more complicated than you need. If you
want to add GSettings, you'll need to compile a schema, for which
you're better off adding a Makefile. If you want to make your
extension translatable, you'll need to compile the .po files into .mo
files for gettext to read, for which you're better off adding a
Makefile. Otherwise, no.

On Sat, Apr 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM, Amy C <mathematical coffee gmail com> wrote:
> Hi gnome-shell-list,
> I've recently started toying with writing my own extensions for the
> gnome shell. I had a few progressing nicely in GNOME 3.2, but have
> recently upgraded my OS which comes with GNOME 3.4.
> The differences between these had led me to wonder - is there some
> standard setup other extension developers use for developing their
> extensions?
> At the moment I have a (personal for now) mercurial repository with my
> extension and just the metadata.json, extension.js and stylesheet.css
> committed. However in my quest to understand the differences between a
> typical extension's code between 3.2 and 3.4, I had a look at
> to see how it was
> done.
> I notice the whole makefile structure to the project, with the
> 'extensions', 'po', etc directories and where the metadata.json in the
> actual extension folder are more template-like.
> Also, I had a look at the gnome-shell-extension-weather repository on
> github (& a few others) and notice a similar 'src', 'po', 'data',
> 'config' directories with the Makefile sitting outside these.
> Is this the recommended way to set up a development environment for
> extensions as opposed to just having the
> 'folder/{extension.js,metadata.json,stylesheet.css}' structure? How do
> I go about setting this up for my own extensions (& do you do one
> repository for all your extensions, like, or one setup
> per extension, like gnome-shell-extension-weather?). I like the
> 'folder/{extension.js,metadata.json,stylesheet.css}' structure because
> then when I move between computers it's simple to "install" the
> extension - just copy the entire folder. If I move to the Makefile
> environment, I feel this makes installation/distribution harder
> because potential users have to make/make install to make sure the
> schema (for the settings) & similar get installed properly - or is it
> just as simple, but just something I don't understand? Would you just
> do a `make zip-files` & upload the zip to the repository page for
> users who do not want to build the extension?
> Thanks for your insights - I'm just exploring options as to how to set
> up a "good" development environment for extensions that I want to
> fiddle with.
> thanks,
> Amy
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