Linked by David Adams on Mon 1st Aug 2011 17:24 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Recently, we released the Android version of Meridian, our platform for building location-based apps. We didn't use one of these 'Cross Platform!' tools like Titanium. We wrote it, from scratch, in Java, like you do in Android [...] So, we rolled up our sleeves, downloaded the Android SDK, and got to work."
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RE[2]: Good
by Delgarde on Mon 1st Aug 2011 21:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Good"
Delgarde
Member since:
2008-08-19

I agree, but I cannot shake the feeling that the article is a bit too negative in tone about Android, when if you look at the content it comes out a lot better than iOS.

I mean, for the author Eclipse apparently was a bit of a hassle while he already felt comfortable in Xcode, so obviously that all depends on what you're used to.


Only to be expected. If you're already experienced in one platform (e.g iOS / Xcode / ObjectiveC), that's always going to shape how you think about a different platform.

No matter how much you try (and the author *has* done pretty well), it's impossible to be completely unbiased, and I'm sure an experienced Android developer would have similar reactions going the other way...

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RE[3]: Good
by thavith_osn on Mon 1st Aug 2011 22:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

Very true...

I have used Eclipse for Java work for years, then moved to Netbeans as I found that IDE easier to use (IMHO)...

When I began coding for iOS, there were a few things that really threw me, but once I got my head around some concepts, the reality for me was I could code apps in XCode / IB a lot quicker than with Eclipse / XML layouts (I'd coded Swing for a long time, so knew the concepts pretty much).

For me, the biggest thing would be learning Cocoa Touch / Core Foundation frameworks v Android SDK. Once you are at home with one, you need to learn all over again for the other. It's not a big deal, but can still be a little daunting...

I do love CoreData on iOS however, something all iOS devs need to understand I think. Is there a similar wrapper for Android?

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