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 henderson101 on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 11:02 UTC in reply to "RE: Good"
henderson101
Member since:
2006-05-30

You should try opening an iOS xib file in a text editor for fun sometime. It's also XML, only completely human unreadable.


It's extremely rare for an iOS developer to need to do that. The code is created by a machine. Why should it be required to be human readable? Besides - if you open it in a competent XML editor and apply formatting, it validates and can be made to look much more friendly.

The only time I ever opened a XIB was when trying to debug a plug-in that was attempting to read the XML and create source code definitions for controls (.Net MObjC plug-in - the code is in the MonoDevelop git repo I believe, or at least the original MonoTouch plug-in code is.)

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RE[3]: Good
by unoengborg on Tue 2nd Aug 2011 23:00 in reply to "RE[2]: Good"
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

"You should try opening an iOS xib file in a text editor for fun sometime. It's also XML, only completely human unreadable.


It's extremely rare for an iOS developer to need to do that. The code is created by a machine. Why should it be required to be human readable? Besides - if you open it in a competent XML editor and apply formatting, it validates and can be made to look much more friendly.
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Well, you can create the XML in Android by using the visual editor, so you don't need to see the code if you don't want to, just like in iOS. I almost never write any XML tags by hand. Even custom UI components that you create will show up in the visual editor, for you to drag and drop into your Activity.

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