[PC-BSD Dev] pbi10 and pbidir.com

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Tue Oct 22 10:12:00 PDT 2013

On 10/22/2013 04:11, Dave Cottlehuber wrote:
> On 22. Oktober 2013 at 09:56:44, Yuri Momotiuk (yurkis at gmail.com) wrote:
>> Hi all
>> When you design pbi10 could you think about pbidir.com integration?
>> Let me explain. Take a look into ubuntu store or android market. This is
>> more than just application repo. Every application have screenshots, rating
>> and user feedback (selected by using language). Almost all of this was in
>> pbidir.com.
>> So maybe good idea is to add some optional field to the PBI repo index that
>> refer to some site (pbidir in common case). That site should provide simple
>> web API to get:
>> 1. Current applications rating index (just like 'APP_NAME RATING' line by
>> line).
>> 2. Screenshots URL list for application.
>> 3. User reviews for application by language(s).
>> Also site may provide API for:
>> 1. Rate application
>> 2. Add application review
>> If something should be unigue (fir example user should rate app only once)
>> HISTID may be used.
>> In that case we will can range apps by rating in GUI, read and write
>> reviews, etc on AppCafe.
>> Or in simplest case we can only provide WebView inside AppCafe (simular to
>> AppCafe in 8.x) to display site contants. Or we can use mix of this cases:
>> Get apps rating index by api (for ranging in UI, but display site in
>> WebView for other).
>> I understand that things decribed above is a complex task that require
>> desktop and web development. Also you will need to maintain pbidir site. I
>> can not ask you for that, because I don't sure that I can help to develop
>> this (I still have no a time :( )
>> So this is just idea for future. If you like this just make ability for
>> future implementation in pbi10 format.
> Wholeheartedly agree. A good opportunity for some community contribution!
> Also as a suggestion for user friendliness consider aliasing, or calling the command line tool not "pbi" but "app":
>     app install firefox
> etc. makes a whole lot of sense.
> A+
> Dave

+2 to both ideas :)

The pbidir website will be a huge undertaking, so not sure we could do
one for 10. However I like the "app <install>" idea. I may be able to
add that as a alias for "pbi_add" and such.

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

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