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Gregg Wonderly gregg at wonderly.org
Wed Dec 23 16:03:10 UTC 2009

For each platform, there are some things like mapping applications that are very 
capable and should be used.  As software is put together for any platform, it is 
always a great choice to be prudent in separating platform dependent use from 
algorithmic processing.  This allows things like deadpanning to be done once, 
and to then be able to utilize whatever map "rendering" system is available.

This is the level of working "together" I am talking about.  Programming 
languages create separating forces, platforms that use the same programming 
language but which have varied features create separating forces.  Managing 
those forces and trying to unify as much effort as possible is sometime hard 
work, but the benefits we can all enjoy.  I prefer to see more benefits from my 
efforts, so I like to look for opportunities for reuse as you suggest Chris.

Just using a "web app" is often attractive.  But there are situations where 
these devices can end up being stand alone, and having resident software which 
is not dependent on a single external source of data/function can be a good 
thing too.

Gregg Wonderly

Chris Kantarjiev wrote:
> Someone mentioned fireeagle early on ... for tracker-only phone apps, I
> would think this is the way to go - there are lots of fireeagle updaters,
> for dealing with all the various phone platforms, but what's missing is
> a FE app that will take updates and feed them to APRS-IS. This should
> be pretty easy to write, but would need a server home somewhere.
> As for an Android mapping client ... there's a mechanism for "embedding"
> Google Maps pages into Android apps. It might be really interesting to
> see if the APRS.FI client could be used this way, rather than trying
> to reinvent all the good work that has been done there!
> Remember, laziness is a virtue for programmers!
> 73 de chris K6DBG
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