My activities for week 47 of 2020 - GNOME Extensions in ClojureScript

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- 22 Nov, 2020

Write Gnome extensions with ClojureScript

This week besides some client work I contributed to shadow-cljs-gjs-target. shadow-cljs-gjs-target is a plugin for Shadow CLJS that allows people to build Gnome applications in ClojureScript via GJS Gnome JavaScript Bindings.

This started from my desire to build Gnome Extensions so I can improve my workflow. I use Gnome on my Debian system and I would like to improve how I manage my time. I thought about using an extension to help me with my time tracking app - hledger - which is a plain text tool.

I found How to create GNOME Extension video series on YouTube and I thought - can I do this with Clojure(Script)?

As I said, I wanted to see if I can build Gnome extensions in ClojureScript. Since Gnome extensions are written in JavaScript and use Gjs I thought that a good place to start is shadow-cljs-gjs-target.

I got feedback from the plugin author @titonbarua and also ShadowCLJS author Thomas Heller. I was able to draft a working example and the PR to build Gnome Extensions with ClojureScript was merged.

When I have some time I would like to explore making some useful Gnome extensions. I will probably start with porting the How to create a GNOME extension code from JavaScript to Clojure.

Tags: gnome clojure free software gnome extension contribuție open source

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