updated 4/5/2011 9:17:09 AM ET 2011-04-05T13:17:09

LONDON, April 5, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Experienced and novice developers looking for an overview of free software technologies they can use to scratch their application itch are invited to join Canonical at its annual Ubuntu App Developer Week, presented virtually via IRC at IRC.freenode.net.

Ubuntu App Developer Week, from the 11th - 15th April, is a series of sessions that enable and inspire developers by showing off the wide variety of application development tools available on the Ubuntu platform, and showcase some applications that have already been created, explaining how they were made.

"Ubuntu App Developer Week is such a unique way to bring together an awesome community of developers to help them understand and build the apps that excite users and developers," said David Planella, Ubuntu Translations Coordinator. "The whole week is packed with interesting subjects, aimed both at new and experienced developers, that shows them how to get started, how to do truly advanced things and showcase those who have come before."

During the sessions, developers get a solid overview on a broad range of free software technologies. At the same time, developers will be able to chat and ask questions directly to the rock stars on those subjects.

Highlights include:

  • Integrating applications with Ubuntu tech: Unity, AppIndicators, Ubuntu One, the Sound Menu...
  • Enabling multitouch support in applications
  • Application development and testing with Python

  • Rapid Application Development withQt QuickandQML
  • Rapid Application Development withQuickly
  • Using the Bazaar revision control to track source code history
  • Using Launchpad integration features to develop applications
  •  ...GObject Introspection, PyGI, Plasma, Zeitgeist, GStreamer, Touchégg, KDE, Thunderbird, Internationalization, the Application Review Process, Pkgme, Phonon...you name it. Learn more about the hottest topics and how to use the coolest technologies to write your applications, straight from the best experts in the free software world.
  • Check out the complete schedule.

To join, connect using any IRC client or browser. Simply go to:

About Canonical Ltd.

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu - an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organization and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organizations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit www.canonical.com .

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