Description of the project

Main goal

Permit nautilus users to access their Google Documents by clicking on the “file → connect to a server” menu. Then the connection window shows up and in the listBox the user can choose "Google docs" (the same way as "FTP_server", "windows share"...). Afterward, he has to fill in his Google account user-name and password. Then he can manage and edit his Google docs and folders the same way as if it was local documents/folders.

Benefits for the gnome desktop and its community

The goal of this project is particularly interesting for end users. I have personally been using Google docs since Google launched this service, but I can not use it for all the documents I produce since the current system of synchronization is very unergonomic. I think having this synchronization system as a basic and fully integrated feature of the gnome desktop can be considered as a great step for the convergence between desktops and Internet applications. Since popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu are pointing out this convergence as being a main point of what the next generation users desktop should be, I think my project is very profitable for our preferred desktop!

Components I am hacking on

My plans:

Read about gData API and dive into the libgdata library and write google docs service class descriptions

  • Status: Done

Implement libgdata google document service

Dive into the GVFS source code and understand well how it works.

  • Status: Done.

Think the way everything should work

  • Status: Done

I talked with Christian to make some decision about the way we should handle different formats of google document and how the sharing/staring feature of Google docs should work. We decided that:

  • Staring/staring should be integrated as a nautilus plug-in, will be done later.
  • Staring: We may add staring folders in nautilus (when using Google docs). Stared documents should be added in those folders.
  • We also decided to handle all documents in odf format by default. I can also add a 'download as PDF' feature thanks to the Google docs nautilus plug-in.

Think well my program and the functions and classes I have to write

  • Status: Done.

Write the libgdata service for Google documents and test it

  • Status: Done

Write the GVFS Backend for Google documents

Write tests to certify the coherence of the written code

  • Status: TODO

Hack on nautilus to add different features to handle Google documents

Test , debug and write documentations

  • Status: In progress

Future evolutions

  • Synchronize Google Docs each time the user connects on the Internet.
  • Permit users to access their Google documents off-line as well as on-line.
  • Add the possibility to do the same thing with PicassaWeb pictures since it uses the same API and Google account.

thiblahute/Gsoc2009 (last edited 2010-03-30 20:15:01 by TobiasMueller)