Getting Things GNOME! Web Service and API

The goal of this proposal is to add Getting Things GNOME! (GTG) web service and API similar to Snowy for Tomboy. GTG is a standalone application, which is good - because it does not require Internet connection to work, but if a user has more than one computer and wants to use GTG on them, (s)he will have to maintain separate lists of tasks. Synchronization with a central server enables the user to access and share their notes over multiple computers.

This service enables easy access to GTG tasks on any device. It decreases the need for porting GTG to Internet enabled mobile platforms (e.g. Android, iPhone/Pad, Symbian) because the service can be accessed via browser or light html based apps. It enables synchronization of tasks between GTG installations (between home and work computer or desktop and laptop). Synchronization is also a fail-safe in case of a hard drive failure.

Organizations or individuals could set up their own private instances of the service or use the central GNOME hosted service - which would be used by most users without their own servers. It would make GTG more popular and it would have an advantage in comparison with other desktop based to-do applications.

Core of the service will be similar to (and based on) Snowy, but with new data models, views, templates and logic to be better suited for GTG tasks and tags. It will add add a new API for GTG task synchronization.

Use cases:

  • Sanja is a GTG user who just bought a new laptop, she would like to have her GTG tasks both on her desktop and laptop.
  • Bill uses GTG for his to-do needs. He would like to view his tasks on a cell phone when he's away from computer.
  • James is a GNOME and GTG user at home, but works for a big company and has to work on other operating systems there. He uses the browser to manage his tasks using GTG Online, and they're there when he gets home.

Midterm goal:

At midterm we would have a data model and API in GTG Online and also a sync plugin in the desktop GTG so we could synchronize tasks between them. There would also be a functional template and view for accessing notes using a web browser.


May 24 - May 30: Making a skeleton django app based on Snowy.

May 31 - June 13: Making a Django data model for GTG tasks. Basic views for displaying data.

June 14 - June 27: Adding API templates and handlers for synchronization.

June 28 - July 11: Adding GTG Online synchronization support to desktop GTG.


July 12 - July 25: Adding editing capabilities and improving usability of web view.

July 26 - Aug 8: Bug fixing, mobile web view.

Aug 9 - Aug 16: Fixing remaining bugs









Get basic user information, as well as references to its tasks and tags.

no PUT, users can't be created with API.



List all tasks pertaining to a user, with references to individual notes.

Create, modify and delete tasks.



Get a specific task.




List all user's tags.

Create, modify and delete tags.


replace user with actual username.
Supported method - GET.
GET returns:

  • username

  • first_name

  • last_name

  • References to tasks in api and web view.
  • Reference to tags in api.


Supported methods - GET, PUT.
Supported parameter - include_content (boolean) defaults to False.
GET returns a list of tasks with parameters:

  • id

  • status

  • tags

  • uuid

  • title

  • duedate

  • modified

  • subtasks

  • location??? (or should we handle extra and future features, such as geo-locations differently?)

  • content (content is displayed if include_content is set to True)

  • References to this note in api and web view.

PUT uses the same parameters and adds an additional delete key. If delete is set to True, the task is deleted. It returns a modified list of tasks.


Supported method - GET.
GET returns:

  • id

  • status

  • tags

  • uuid

  • title

  • duedate

  • modified

  • subtasks

  • location??? (look above)

  • content


Supported methods - GET, PUT.
GET returns a list of tags with parameters:

  • name

  • color

PUT uses the same parameters and adds an additional delete key. If delete is set to True, tag is deleted. It returns a modified list of tags.


A quick (really quick) mockup of the main interface, just to show what I have in mind. Something between desktop GTG and gmail.


Apps/GTG/soc2010_jez (last edited 2015-01-06 10:33:37 by OliverPropst)