Seems that my recent efforts to promote the GNOME platform are paying off. As I write this, 755 people have seen the Vala kick start tutorial and I have received loads of positive comments.

As a response to that success there are three things I've been doing, first, setting up twitter and microblogging accounts for GTK+, follow them in gtktoolkit@identica and gtktoolkit@twitter (credits goes to Javier Jardon for the idea and comaintaining the accounts).


Second, setting up a Vimeo channel. There are many reasons I'm using Vimeo, first you can have channels for free, second, it provides the best quality video wise which is quite important when you showcase code writing, third, it provides HTML5 (though not through Theora) and most important, you can download the original file if you're logged in (which I'll make sure in the future will be .OGG). If you have a GNOME related video in Vimeo just poke me.

I'm already putting some pieces together for the next video, as a teaser, it'll use one of these new shiny dynamic languages recently added to the GNOME stack.

PS: I'm very excited about the ongoing work and activity happening in the GNOME UX Hackfest at the Canonical offices in London.

Happy hacking!

Gtk+ Kick Start Tutorial for Vala

There are many problems with the way we present development documentation to users in the GNOME platform. The content is all pretty much there already, however it's quite fragmented and it lacks proper format and organization.

To address this a while ago I tried to put together some screencasts to promote the platform better and provide official documentation that is not focused on explaining every single piece of API or that is not focused to C developers.

After almost a year of trying to find the right combination of stable screencasting/video editting applications and spare time, I've finally put together the first of what I expect to be a series of screencasts targetted to promote the GNOME development platform in a useful way.

Gnome TV - GTK+ Kick-Start Tutorial for Vala

Any feedback would be welcome, but note that putting this together has been quite a difficult task. Hopefully there will be more of them now that I've managed to put together a nice timeline. Suggestions and help would be appreciated.

PS: I would like to give kudos to the PiTiVi guys, the app is no perfect, but it allowed me to perform the task which is something that no other video editor within the official Ubuntu repositories could say.