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Old 07-29-2008, 05:00 PM
"Matthew Revell"
 
Default Launchpad 2.0: introducing our new API and more!

I'm thrilled to announce the release of Launchpad 2.0!

This brings together new features from the past nine months of
Launchpad's development and introduces two exciting beta features.

And, of course, if you've visited Launchpad recently you'll have seen
our new, simpler, layout and navigation.

Let's take a look at the key new features in this release.


Restful web services API and Python library
--------------------------------------------

One of our main goals for Launchpad 2.0 has been to make it easier to
manipulate data in Launchpad.

With this release, we're introducing a beta test of two things that
will enable you to develop external applications that can authenticate,
query and modify data in Launchpad's database:

* a restful web services API
* and a Python library to access the new API.

Initially, the API will provide access to file and search for bugs,
as well as the people and teams systems.

We'll announce full details of the API and Python library later this
week; keep an eye on the Launchpad News blog (http://news.launchpad.net/)

In the mean time, apply to join the Launchpad Beta Testers team --
https://launchpad.net/~launchpad-beta-testers -- if you'd like to take
part in the beta.


Closer integration with Bugzilla and Trac
------------------------------------------

Often, bugs in free software affect more than one project. Launchpad
lets projects share the same bug report and comment history so they can
worth together on a fix.

Up until now, that's only been available where each project uses Launchpad
as their bug tracker. With Launchpad 2.0, we're introducing a beta test
of two new GPL plugins -- one for Bugzilla, one for Trac -- that enable
projects to share a comment history between the bug as it's tracked in
Launchpad and in external trackers.

If you would like to help beta test the new plugins, let us know --
feedback@launchpad.net


Simpler page layout and navigation
-----------------------------------

One of the most obvious changes in Launchpad 2.0 is the web interface's
new design. Our aim has been to simplify the layout and navigation.
There's more in our blog post, here:

http://news.launchpad.net/cool-new-stuff/simpler-launchpad-web-interface


New tour
--------

Want to show someone what Launchpad's all about? Send them to our new
tour! https://launchpad.net/+tour/


Other new features that make up Launchpad 2.0
----------------------------------------------

Since our 1.0 launch in April 2007, we've introduced many new features
that make up Launchpad 2.0, including:

* Code review: public discussion and voting on proposed code merges.
Find out more more in our new tour:
https://edge.launchpad.net/+tour/code-review

* Mailing lists for teams: there's more at
https://help.launchpad.net/ListHelp

* Personal package archives: publish Ubuntu packages in your own apt
repository (more at https://help.launchpad.net/PPAQuickStart)

* Atom feeds for bugs, branches and project announcements.

* Plus: binary file downloads, improved universal search, translation
string search and support for more external bug trackers.

As ever, we'd love to hear what you think of our new release. If you
come across a problem, file a bug (https://bugs.launchpad.net/launchpad)
Otherwise, send us an email to feedback@launchpad.net -- in particular,
if there's something you really want to see in a future Launchpad
release.

--
Matthew Revell - Launchpad.net - free software collaboration and project hosting

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