[Pharo-project] happy new year plus cogdroid news

Schwab,Wilhelm K bschwab at anest.ufl.edu
Thu Jan 5 21:40:38 EST 2012

Does an Archos 43 count as an Android device?  I bought it with plans that fell flat (the target moved, and the OS was a little disappointing).  That said, I have it and can help with testing.  I do not have a data plan for it, so my default usage is to copy packages to it via USB.

It is hard to imagine developing on it, but I'm willing to be pleasantly surprised, and it would be nice to be able to deploy Pharo apps on hand-held devices.


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Subject: Re: [Pharo-project] happy new year plus cogdroid news

Thanks dimity what you are doing is cool.
Marcus we should buy an android device or get one: Olivier has one I think.

>> - keyboard improvements : no way to get alt or ctl key working so far
> Some code for keyboard support has been written since, but maybe it
> was not included in the pre-generated apks. Once I add more features,
> I'll release another apk. And sources (on gitorious) are always there
> for those wanting to mess with Android build tools ;)
>> - new theme for tablet (bigger fonts, bigger scrollbars etc) (I started to
>> look at this)
> Yes, this would be nice to have. And take a look at Honeycomb/ICS:
> maybe some ideas may be learned from their GUIs. The new trend seems
> to be to expose additional controls somewhere on the screen once the
> context for them is right * (e. g. when a downloaded file is selected
> by touching, icons to delete or share it appear somewhere). Also see
> the new gmail web interface.
>> - new smalltalk tools : browser, finder inspector (I will try a small
>> Glamourous browser )
> It would be nice if a smaller base Pharo image could be built such
> way, so it could be embedded with VM and distributed together.

yes we are working slowly but steadily on that.
Did you try the pavel image?

>> - reduce cpu usage (suspend/awake  pharo process ? )
> I think Android takes care of it itself: once an application is
> invisible it is suspended automatically. Or did you notice any
> performance degradation?
>> - interface to android content providers (audio, video, calendar data etc)
> Working on it ;) In fact, there is a (partial) interface to the intent
> system, so a home screen shortcuts can be added to start CogDroid with
> given image and startup arguments. Reading from Android clipboard has
> been committed to the HEAD (but there is no support via context menu
> yet).
> Thanks again.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> * That is, when e. g. a text edit box is active, items of the context
> menu appear somewhere on screen. Maybe halos could be revived with
> this new meaning?
> --
> Dimitry Golubovsky
> Anywhere on the Web

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