[IAEP] Activity bundle format (was Re: Long-term support for Sugar)
Benjamin M. Schwartz
bmschwar at fas.harvard.edu
Wed Sep 23 14:03:07 EDT 2009
Bernie Innocenti wrote:
> A fixed platform with infinite backwards compatibility is a dream even
> for an interpreted language.
> Right now, we're just closing our eyes pretending that we are immune
> from the dependency problems and that the .xo package format will
> suffice. Do you really believe this?
It depends what you mean. I really do believe we _could_ implement a
highly usable system in which Activities are completely self-contained
portable bundles. For example, see Android. I don't believe that we
_have_ implemented such a system. I do believe that we _should_, because
it maximizes the ability of users to predict how their system will behave,
and predictability is the core of usability and security.
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