[Qgis-developer] How to deal with plugins which are not useful for users (e.g. Hello world)
apasotti at gmail.com
Mon Dec 30 03:54:49 PST 2013
2013/12/30 Anita Graser <anitagraser at gmx.at>
> Hi Alessandro,
> Thanks for chiming in.
> Am 30.12.2013, 09:44 Uhr, schrieb Alessandro Pasotti <apasotti at gmail.com>:
> But in that particular case (HelloWorld), I feel that people are using it
>> as a template to explore/start the development of their plugins. It was
>> downloaded more than 4000 times and people did warn me in the past when
>> it was broken/uncompatible with newer QGIS version. In other words, even if
>> it does just nothing (it's a test plugin) I'm sure it has been useful to
>> other users.
> I'm sure the plugin is useful for plugin developers. For users though,
> it's just confusing to have a plugin offered which doesn't do anything.
well, the plugin in fact does something even if not very useful: it opens a
small window with a button.
Did you have any real feedback from users being confused from the
HelloWorld plugin? After all, it clearly advertises itself as an example
Can you explain me why do you put plugin developers in a different category
than users? I tend to see plugin authors as (power) users.
If I were a new QGIS user, I would like to have starting point to develop
plugins, of course we have the coockbook and the builder plus plenty of
blog articles, but as a programmer, what I would search is exactly that:
the simplest possible plugin to start tampering with.
But I definitely agree that HelloWorld should not have a dual purpose
(testing the plugin repository and provide a barebone example for wannabe
plugin authors), so here's my proposal: unpublish HelloWorld and create a
new Example plugin with the purpose of providing a simple starting point
for new plugin authors.
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