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under the hood, What is Quickly made of?

It's a wrapper to python? It's a compiled language? It's portable? What about the architecture and the design?

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Quickly is a group of programs and scripts (such as Gedit, Glade or quickly itself) which allows you to easily create a Python/GTK-based Ubuntu program. It creates your app importing a template, then you can modify the UI and the scripts, and finally, it allows you to share your app creating Debian packages or uploading to a Launchpad PPA.

As is based in Python (yep, it's a wrapper!), Quickly is architecture-independent. You can edit and run your Quickly apps on an i386, x86_64 or ARM-based computer with no trouble.

To install it, just click here.

It has no GUI interface, so you have to use the terminal. Here you have some simple commands:

  • quickly create ubuntu-application <project_name> creates the project. cd <project_name> after finished.
  • quickly edit opens the script files using Gedit. You can edit the app here.
  • quickly design shows the GUI files using Glade, allowing you to design the menus.
  • quickly run executes your app. Use this for testing.
  • quickly save saves your current progress using Bazaar. Set up your Bazaar e-mail before doing this!
  • quickly package builds a .deb package from your source code.
  • quickly release uploads your app to your own Launchpad PPA.

I think that a tutorial is better than a small reference guide... so, after installing Quickly, run quickly tutorial to get started.

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As some examination of apt-get source quickly will tell you, Quickly can best be described as a wrapper written in Python.

  • print >> sys.stderr, 'To build quickly you need'
  • quickly executable line 1: #!/usr/bin/python
  • ~/src/quickly-12.04$ ls quickly returns:      test 
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