Ist Design Iteration of ‘pip’ GUI

This is my first iteration of ‘pip’ GUI project. It is based on the design process explained in my last blog post. I am re-writing the steps needed for the design of an application :

  • Define the product
  • Define the target users
  • Define the user goals
  • Define the top user tasks : Focus on top six tasks
  • Define the user’s context : Know user’s context
  • Explain each top task to a friend
  • Map your natural explanation into a page flow
  • Design each page
  • Simplify and optimize the task flow and pages
  • Review the communication
  • Verify that purpose of each page and control is clear
  • Review the results

In this design iteration I have tried to follow those steps which are relevant to my application :

Product:

The product developed will be a GUI for pip to make various functionalities of pip ( a command line tool for installing Python packages) easily accessible to users. Main motivation behind the need for GUI version of Python Package Manager is :

  • Make various functionalities provided by PIP easily accessible to Windows/LINUX/Mac based users
  • Help people to focus only on fulfilling the task of installing Python packages rather than getting in unavoidable trouble of configuring various paths, versions and configurations

Target Users:

  1. Windows Users ( who have difficulty using command prompt )
  2. In case of LINUX or MacOS, people who have little or no experience with Python packages
  3. Users who maintain multiple versions of Python in their system
  4. Users who need to manage Python packages in virtualenv ( Last priority )

User Goals:

  1. Avoid command line to manage ( i.e. install/update/uninstall) Python packages
  2. Manage packages for different versions of Python installed in the system

User Tasks:

  1. Search, select version and install package ( including dependencies : first tell user about total download size including dependencies )
  2. Check for new updates and install them.
  3. Uninstall a package
  4. Support different installation methods :
    1. Requirements.txt files
    2. .whl files
    3. From local archives
  5. Manage packages in virtual environment

My next blog post provides a peek of GUI layout and application flow of logic.

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Author: scorpiocoder

I am a 3rd year, IIIT-Chittoor student enthusiastic and confused about various software technologies : Python, Machine Learning, Networks, Natural Language Processing and Android Development

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