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||[Sep. 2nd, 2011|03:07 pm]
I watched two excellent movies this week: The Hunt for Red October, and Clue. Both included Tim Curry. Make of that what you will. (I forgot he was in Red October!)
I also went to a podiatrist and got some orthotics which I've probably needed for the last 10 years or so. (thanks Dr. Newman!) Apparently my feet are as flat as a pancake. It amuses me when I stand barefoot in front of podiatrists and they flinch...
An iOS Developer Takes on Android - I haven't developed in iOS, but I am also new to Android development and sympathize sooo hard! Especially:
"You’re going to just hate Eclipse. You’re going to hate it with the heat of a thousand suns. It’s going to feel slow and bloated and it won’t taste like real food."and
It takes the Android Emulator ~2 minutes to boot up on my perfectly-modern machine. But what really hurts is the edit/debug cycle. Every time I change a bit of Java and need to rerun the app, it takes about 30 seconds to redeploy and start up in the Emulator. Compare that to 5 seconds on the iOS Simulator. It may not sound like much but remember you’ll be doing this hundreds of times throughout your day.and
Fortunately, it turns out to be much quicker to deploy and boot up your app on a physical device over USB.
But the reality is, it’s not HTML and CSS and so it’s another thick layer of stuff that you have to learn and understand and fight with when things don’t work like you expect.and
So here’s the catch with the wonderful flexible layout system in Android: You must be very careful. If you animate certain kinds of properties, you can easily force the CPU to do all that fancy, expensive layout on each animation frame. And the CPU is very busy right now parsing some JSON from a web API or something, OK?Anyway, I'm considering getting a real version of Eclipse and just installing the standard Android extensions. And maybe buying a Nexus S to get a better feel for the phone (and make debugging easier), but I haven't decided whether I'm that dedicated to finishing the FlightPredictor port yet.
Samsung basically says they're not going to use webOS (although they left the door a tiny bit open, I guess) - after HTC said a similar thing, this is very very bad news. Maybe someone will license webOS but the future is looking pretty grim. More likely (it seems to me) is that someone will buy the patents off of HP and call it a day. And then I will be sad.
Cool stop-motion ad, which made me eat at the place that made the ad. (stating obliquely so as not to "spoil" it...as much as you can spoil an ad, anyway. Nevermind.)