Products and packages should be browsable by programming language

Bug #2630 reported by TarynEast on 2005-09-28
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Bug Description

We are all window shoppers at heart. Launchpad should make it easy for developers to browse products and packages by programming language.

TarynEast (taryneast) wrote :

Hmm, I should ad that I'm referring to computer languages, eg packages that are written in C or Python.

Thanks for your report.

I'd like to understand if there are concrete use cases concrete that show that this would really help a lot of people out when searching for bugs. Do you have an example of a bug you fixed that you found by searching a bug list somewhere based on programming language?

Changed in malone:
status: Unconfirmed → Needs Info
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

That's a bit unfair. :-) Hardly any bug trackers are intended for hosting diverse projects written in different languages, so hardly any bugtrackers let you search by programming language in the first place, so hardly anyone will have used such a feature yet. There may be reasons Launchpad shouldn't support this, but that people haven't been able to use it elsewhere isn't one of them.

The use case is, "I want to fix a bug, but I know only C# and Python".

Changed in malone:
status: Needs Info → Unconfirmed

On 12-Oct-06, at 10:20 PM, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:

> That's a bit unfair. :-) Hardly any bug trackers are intended for
> hosting diverse projects written in different languages, so hardly any
> bugtrackers let you search by programming language in the first place,
> so hardly anyone will have used such a feature yet. There may be
> reasons
> Launchpad shouldn't support this, but that people haven't been able to
> use it elsewhere isn't one of them.
>
> The use case is, "I want to fix a bug, but I know only C# and Python".

That's the obvious one, but it seems contrived; like searching for a
dinner idea that uses salt and pepper.

TarynEast (taryneast) wrote :

* Brad Bollenbach <email address hidden> spake thus:
> On 12-Oct-06, at 10:20 PM, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
>
> > The use case is, "I want to fix a bug, but I know only C# and Python".
>
> That's the obvious one, but it seems contrived; like searching for a
> dinner idea that uses salt and pepper.
>

As an amateur cook, I'd have to say I quite commonly look through
cookbooks thinking "I have some chicken in the freezer, what can I do
with it"...

;)

Taryn

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Brad Bollenbach (bradb) wrote :

On 17-Oct-06, at 4:18 AM, TarynEast wrote:

> * Brad Bollenbach <email address hidden> spake thus:
>> On 12-Oct-06, at 10:20 PM, Matthew Paul Thomas wrote:
>>
>>> The use case is, "I want to fix a bug, but I know only C# and
>>> Python".
>>
>> That's the obvious one, but it seems contrived; like searching for a
>> dinner idea that uses salt and pepper.
>>
>
> As an amateur cook, I'd have to say I quite commonly look through
> cookbooks thinking "I have some chicken in the freezer, what can I do
> with it"...

Fair enough. :P

Would a programming language query belong more on the distribution
archive and upstream end of Launchpad, rather than directly on the
bug search page?

TarynEast (taryneast) wrote :

* Brad Bollenbach <email address hidden> spake thus:
> Would a programming language query belong more on the distribution
> archive and upstream end of Launchpad, rather than directly on the
> bug search page?

yes, that makes sense.

Thanks,
Taryn

Brad Bollenbach (bradb) on 2006-10-18
description: updated
Matthew Paul Thomas (mpt) wrote :

Google Code Hosting does something similar by having project tags and encouraging language tags.

Changed in launchpad:
status: New → Confirmed
Curtis Hovey (sinzui) on 2009-01-01
Changed in launchpad-registry:
status: Confirmed → Triaged

It's been a couple of years since there was last any activity on this one. Are there plans to implement this?

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