Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Jul 2014 15:49 UTC
Android

Android's various screen sizes - how big of a problem is it, really, for developers? Not a big one, according to iOS and Android developer Russell Ivanovic:

The answer tends to surprise pretty much everyone: It's not that hard, and honestly causes us less headaches than most people imagine. Firstly, the tools Google give us to lay out interfaces have supported this from day one. You've been able to define one or more layouts that scale to various sizes, and if you want to get everything perfect, you can have as many of these layouts as you like, while still keeping the one codebase. The layouts are XML, and don't live in your code. If you're an iOS developer they are pretty much the equivalent of XIB files with size classes like iOS 8. The other part people don't realise is that Android has standardised on screen resolutions for a long time now.

I've long since accepted that certain complaints and issues are mostly only perpetuated by people with an agenda, even long after the actual problems are solved or no longer relevant. There's Windows and security, Apple and pricing, Android and security - you name it. In order to get a real finger on the true extent of these problems, you have to cut out the official bloggers and party parrots.

Windows has been secure for almost a decade now. Apple's devices and PCs are not expensive. Android has never been insecure. These are all cases of 'fear, uncertainty, and doubt' perpetuated and/or made excessively worse than they really are by people of questionable nature.

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RE: Expensive
by henderson101 on Wed 9th Jul 2014 16:36 UTC in reply to "Expensive"
henderson101
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2006-05-30

The difference is more to do with build, fit and finish. I bought a MacBook in 2007 and it still looks as good as it did the day I bought it. I took care of it, but then why wouldn't I? I've had various laptops through work that have basically had a very privileged life - more or less lived on a desk, been taken care of in a similar fashion, and have essentially fallen apart. That is the issue for me.

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RE[2]: Expensive
by Fergy on Wed 9th Jul 2014 17:05 in reply to "RE: Expensive"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

The difference is more to do with build, fit and finish. I bought a MacBook in 2007 and it still looks as good as it did the day I bought it. I took care of it, but then why wouldn't I? I've had various laptops through work that have basically had a very privileged life - more or less lived on a desk, been taken care of in a similar fashion, and have essentially fallen apart. That is the issue for me.

I bought a 500 euro laptop in 2007. Still looks new. If you take care of your stuff it holds up longer.

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RE[2]: Expensive
by Morgan on Wed 9th Jul 2014 18:05 in reply to "RE: Expensive"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Everyone's experience is different. I have a Dell Latitude CPx from around 2001 that was used in a warehouse environment for most of its life. Yet, it's in excellent cosmetic condition, with very few light scratches on the bottom, and a flawless keyboard and screen. This is a plastic shell, mind you, not brushed aluminum or titanium, as most of Apple's pro laptops have been.

It's definitely not all in how you take care of it either. I've had cheap computers that started falling apart on me with light use, but I've also had Apple machines do the same (my Core Duo Mac mini has a loose DVI connector, even though it has sat in the same place, plugged in to the same monitor, for a very long time).

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RE[2]: Expensive
by Bobthearch on Wed 9th Jul 2014 22:46 in reply to "RE: Expensive"
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2006-01-27

The difference is more to do with build, fit and finish.

The difference has more to do with profit margin. ;)

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RE[3]: Expensive
by henderson101 on Thu 10th Jul 2014 11:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Expensive"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Not really. Like for like in 2007, the Macbook was pretty equal in specs to Windows laptops. A Dell I got through work at around the same time was almost double, and really the main difference was the OS. Most of the rest of the specs were comparable.

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RE[2]: Expensive
by _txf_ on Thu 10th Jul 2014 00:31 in reply to "RE: Expensive"
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2008-03-17

Well, i dont abuse my Macs but they still accumulate scratches and dings on those damned edges.

Don't get me started an the charger cables. They just keep splitting. I put supports near the ends, and the splits just happen elsewhere.

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RE[2]: Expensive
by unclefester on Thu 10th Jul 2014 06:57 in reply to "RE: Expensive"
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2007-01-13

The difference is more to do with build, fit and finish. I bought a MacBook in 2007 and it still looks as good as it did the day I bought it.


That's a bit like saying you own an immaculate 50 year old Mercedes. It may still look good but it is totally outdated.

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RE[3]: Expensive
by henderson101 on Thu 10th Jul 2014 11:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Expensive"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

That's a bit like saying you own an immaculate 50 year old Mercedes. It may still look good but it is totally outdated.


Is it? It has a Core2 Duo that is 2.2Ghz. It pretty much does almost all of what I need it to. I just upgraded the RAM and hard disk along the way. I have a Surface 2 Pro now, so I don't touch it as much, but it's still a perfectly viable laptop.

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