[chirp_users] CHIRP Portable App
dsmith at danplanet.com
Sun Aug 12 18:46:06 PDT 2012
> Any move toward making CHIRP a portable App ?
I assume you mean for one of the flat, keyboardless,
heavy-on-the-cool-factor, light-on-the-features computers that are all
the rage these days? The tablet fad tends to generate rants from me, so
You won't see it from me for at least the following reasons:
1. CHIRP is written in Python, which lets development proceed at an
incredibly rapid pace. None of the popular tablet platforms support
running apps in this language. It would be a total rewrite.
2. The environments for both of the popular ones are fairly specific to
their platforms, meaning a rewrite to either would not be useful for
the other, and in most cases, not very useful to desktop users
3. Most of the devices (and especially the most popular one) is so
limited that it doesn't have USB host support, which would be
required for attaching wired serial port. Bluetooth serial support
is "neat" but fraught with so many potential timing issues it's hard
to consider it an option. Many of the radios (yaesus especially are
extremely timing-sensitive and the higher latency of a bluetooth
connection would be difficult to optimize.
3. I don't really like tablets. I can browse the web on one, but just
about everything else I do with a computer lends itself to a more
rich interface than what I can do with my greasy, stubby fingers. I
don't really understand the current mainstream fascination for the
devices, I don't own one, and I'm certainly not planning a rewrite
of the entire code base in order to support one.
I'll let the other devs speak up here in case one of them is planning to
rewrite the 28,758 lines of code in the main repository for either or
both of the two dominant tablet platforms. CHIRP is open-source so
anyone wishing to undertake such an endeavor is more than welcome :)
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