First, let me express my heartfelt thanks to the XFCE developers. Seriously, I've gotten so frustrated and fed up with all the problems with gnome3, unity, cinnamon, etc. I was almost ready to give up and go crawling back to Windows! Then I tried Mint 15 with XFCE. I feel like my computer has been reborn! I've been evangelizing the hell out of it! Switched my wife's laptop over, converted a friend's old desktop. They LOVE it as much as I do! You guys ROCK, and so does XFCE!
As an example of the kind of thing I want to do (in case it helps you to help me!), I'd like to have something on my desktop that tells me how many unread email messages I have with an abbreviated overview for each. I'd also like it to have "new message" button and a search field for finding a particular message.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!
Really? So is this simply not possible? Or are noobs encouraged not to contribute?
may be you need to learn to use conky?
(Using Mint17 + xfce4.10)
Hi and welcome. Most of the devs don't frequent the forums very often, the xfce4-dev mailing list is usually a good bet:
https://mail.xfce.org/mailman/listinfo/ or #xfce-dev on freenode for IRC.
There is a sample plugin with just the basic functionality:
There's also a mailwatch plugin that might also help get you going faster:
http://git.xfce.org/panel-plugins/xfce4 … ch-plugin/
You'll probably want to install devhelp from your package manager and either the devel or dev or docs packages for xfce4-panel, gtk, glib, and gio if they have/require them. Devhelp will then display the API docs for those packages.
You could stare at source code, to get _started_, that is. To get finished, I have no idea. I've never done anything that ambitious.
You could stare at source code, to get _started_ ...
Somewhat sad but not far from the truth. Documentation has some deficits. For me, that's the real art to find out how to use some API or technology correctly only from looking at how other people, who had the same starting point as me, have used it. No need to mention that sometimes it's not easy to find the two people who have used it the same way. But the good news is that it's possible (to be an artist).
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If you do have questions or run into issues feel free to ping me or ask on #xfce4-dev on freenode IRC or the xfce4-dev mailing list located at https://mail.xfce.org/mailman/listinfo/xfce4-dev
The documentation does need more detail so knowing what questions people have would help get an idea of what to work on first.