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RokuChrisT
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Developer community updates!

Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:47 pm

Today we launched some key new features to improve the Roku channel development experience:

Relaunched developer.roku.com:
The dev relations team has been writing new guides and walkthroughs - all launched today. While we've had technical references over at sdkdocs.roku.com, we've been re-writing and improving the specs at https://developer.roku.com/ - it's still a work in progress since the BrightScript and SceneGraph references are being cleaned up. 
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Direct Publisher - Feed based channels: 
Today we launched Direct Publisher - a free, easy-to-use web application for building fully-featured Roku channels without writing any code. It provides a solution for publishers and content creators interested in quickly bringing their content to the Roku audience without incurring development costs. Check out the channel tutorial to learn how it works: https://developer.roku.com/publish/channel-tutorial/channel-tutorial-index

Note: We have a new forum for Direct Publisher topics: https://forums.roku.com/viewforum.php?f=100
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Note: Current SDK channels can convert their channels to a Direct Publisher channel. You will need to provide a feed and content to make this happen.


SDK Developer docs on Github: 
We've re-written the majority of docs and guides to better help developers build SDK-based Roku channels. It's a mix of guides, specs, and walk-throughs. As in all Github based repositories, you can watch for changes as we update them. We always gladly accept pull requests for improvements. Note: We'll be transition the BrightScript and SceneGraph reference docs over the fall, for now they are still located on sdkdocs.roku.com - more info is located at https://developer.roku.com/develop/sdk-documentation/sdk-index
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Analytics dashboard: developer.roku.com/develop/platform-features/analytics-support
Your channel developer dashboard now provides built in measurement tools in addition to support for 3rd party analytics libraries. Understand what features are available and how to track performance across channels. 
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In addition, crash logs are available for all channel developers in their dashboard!

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We look forward to seeing new and updated channels -- Thanks for building on the Roku publishing platform!
 
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Re: Developer community updates!

Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:09 pm

RokuChrisT wrote:
Note: We have a new forum for Direct Publisher topics: https://forums.roku.com/viewforum.php?f=100
Link says: "You do not have the required permissions to read topics within this forum."


Analytics dashboard:
Your channel developer dashboard now provides built in measurement tools in addition to support for 3rd party analytics libraries.
... In addition, crash logs are available for all channel developers in their dashboard!
Oooh, analytics!! And crash-lytics!! Oh my!
Have not explored much yet but sounds exciting. Me love Roku long time! ($5)
I am so excited
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Hmm, "Type: Custom SDK" - wassat?! My channels all say "Custom SDK", regardless if Brightscript or Marmaladen...
 
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Re: Developer community updates!

Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:22 pm

I just tested with my PermissionsTest account, and could see the forum (as well as post to it) without issue.  Can you please upload a screenshot of the issue to Imgur or something and link it to me?

Thanks!
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Re: Developer community updates!

Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:41 pm

RokuShawnS wrote:
I just tested with my PermissionsTest account, and could see the forum (as well as post to it) without issue.  

Works now, can access it. Healed by RokuChrist half an hour ago, one imagines. 
 
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Re: Developer community updates!

Wed Oct 05, 2016 9:10 pm

EnTerr wrote:
RokuShawnS wrote:
I just tested with my PermissionsTest account, and could see the forum (as well as post to it) without issue.  

Works now, can access it. Healed by RokuChrist half an hour ago, one imagines. 

Hahaha, love the GIFs - thanks for bearing with us
 
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Re: Developer community updates!

Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:11 am

hi with the new developer site when we want to add a channel we have the option to choose any of the channel store country but in the next step you will have only preferred category that Is USA before it was giving the preferred category depend of your channel store that you choosed is it normal ?
thank you
 
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Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:35 am

Way to go Roku and way to go Chris! These new tools will really help grow the Roku channel landscape. 
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Thu Oct 06, 2016 12:27 pm

Ack!  "Manage My Channels" now groups both public and private channels together, in no discernible order.  Would it be possible to get those grouped into public and private and/or sorted by date created, like they were before?
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Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:28 pm

RokuChrisT wrote:
- thanks for bearing with us

Speaking of which... can we get a public issue tracker somewhere on github.com/rokudev ?

An open tracker where we (external developers) can enter issues, get responses, follow progress. Seems like a good opportunity to do it right now, given a new version of the dev.portal has been unleashed upon us and i saw today 6-7 different reports (most are in separate forum threads). 

Nothing ambitions - no big Hollywood production, mind you. Perhaps just create a new (dummy?) repository named... i don't know - "issues"? And then we can just use the "Issues" tab (aka https://github.com/rokudev/issues/issues ) to create new bugs/enhancements/reports there.

And then the rest we can figure as we go. For example i think there is a way to hide ("privatize") individual issues if they start carrying sensitive information/discussion between particular developer and the Co. Or how labels/milestones can be applied to categorize them further (firmware vs portal vs web services vs channel store vs... ) - all that can be done later to improve workflow
 
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Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:14 pm

Great work guys, this is a feature long waited from all of us!

My suggestion is to have a way to change the Channel while in the Analytics page, currently we need to navigate back to select another Channel.
 
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Re: Developer community updates!

Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:24 pm

EnTerr wrote:
RokuChrisT wrote:
- thanks for bearing with us

Speaking of which... can we get a public issue tracker somewhere on github.com/rokudev ?

An open tracker where we (external developers) can enter issues, get responses, follow progress. Seems like a good opportunity to do it right now, given a new version of the dev.portal has been unleashed upon us and i saw today 6-7 different reports (most are in separate forum threads). 

Nothing ambitions - no big Hollywood production, mind you. Perhaps just create a new (dummy?) repository named... i don't know - "issues"? And then we can just use the "Issues" tab (aka https://github.com/rokudev/issues/issues ) to create new bugs/enhancements/reports there.

And then the rest we can figure as we go. For example i think there is a way to hide ("privatize") individual issues if they start carrying sensitive information/discussion between particular developer and the Co. Or how labels/milestones can be applied to categorize them further (firmware vs portal vs web services vs channel store vs... ) - all that can be done later to improve workflow

I was assuming we could use https://github.com/rokudev/docs/issues to post these - definitely my hope that devs let us know when things are whacked. Are you thinking it shouldn't be part of the docs repo? Could we post them there to start? I'm open to ideas. Thanks!
 
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Fri Oct 07, 2016 1:18 pm

RokuChrisT wrote:
I was assuming we could use https://github.com/rokudev/docs/issues to post these - definitely my hope that devs let us know when things are whacked. Are you thinking it shouldn't be part of the docs repo? Could we post them there to start? I'm open to ideas. Thanks!

I was concerned not to "pollute" the Docs project with non-documentational items.
But hey, if it works for you - it'll work for us! And indeed can later move to a proper-er location if need be.
 
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Re: Developer community updates!

Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:00 pm

Sounds great - let's go with that for now.
Have a great weekend everyone!
 
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Re: Developer community updates!

Sat Oct 08, 2016 4:48 am

Congratulations! A request/bug tracking interface is a huge step forward. Is it worth an announcement of its own?
 
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Re: Developer community updates!

Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:12 am

Has anyone had any luck getting the dropdowns on the new dev portal to work in Google Chrome?  Without those working, the site is pretty much useless in Chrome, which is beyond frustrating.
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