One of the larger remaining goals outlined in our Cwtch Stable roadmap update is comprehensive developer documentation. We have recently spent some time writing the foundation for these documents.
In this devlog we will introduce some of them, and outline the next steps. We also have a new nightly Cwtch release available for testing!
We are very interested in getting feedback on these documents, and we encourage anyone who is excited to build a Cwtch Bot, or even an alternative UI, to read them over and reach out to us with comments, questions, and suggestions!
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Cwtch Development Handbook
We have created a new documentation section, the developers handbook. This new section is targeted towards to people working on Cwtch projects (e.g. the official Cwtch library or the Cwtch UI), as well as people who want to build new Cwtch applications (e.g. chat bots or custom clients).
Release and Packaging Process
The new handbook features a breakdown of Cwtch release processes - describing what, and how, build artifacts are created; the difference between nightly and official builds; how the official release process works; and how reproducible build scripts are created.
Cwtch Application Development and Cwtchbot v0.1.0!
For the first time ever we now have comprehensive documentation on how to build a Cwtch Application. This section of the development handbook covers everything from choosing a Cwtch library, to building your first application.
Together with this new documentation we have also released version 0.1 of the Cwtchbot framework, updating calls to use the new Cwtch Stable API.
There is a new Nightly build are available from our build server. The latest nightly we recommend testing is 2023-04-26-20-57-v1.11.0-33-gb4371.
This version has a number of fixes and updates to the file sharing and image previews/profile pictures experiment, and an update to the in-development Tails support.
In addition, this nightly also includes a number of performance improvements that should fix reported rendering issues on less powerful devices.
Please see the contribution documentation for advice on submitting feedback
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