When Gingerbread pops out of the oven, and other ODK compatibility questions

Dear ODKers,

I've read a few posts that deal with the backwards compatibility of
ODK with respect to past Android version releases (e.g., the earliest
version of Android for which ODK's features still work). With the
countdown to Gingerbread (Android's new release), I've started
wondering about the "forward compatibility" of ODK for future Android
version releases. Although the contents of Gingerbread remain
(somewhat) to be seen, should there be any problems in running ODK on
it? More generically, to what extent is/should ODK's current build be
compatible with Android's future releases? Also, with the assumption
that past is prelude to future, have Android's other desert-themed
releases given ODK a stomach ache?

Best,
Arthur

you definitely win the award for best subject titles.

we've been working with android since before it was released and the
google folks are pretty good at keeping the apis stable. our problems
with backwards compatibility have a lot to do with bugs on earlier
versions. once those bugs have been fixed, we don't like keeping our
hacky workarounds in the code base when there are better fixes in
newer versions.

forward compatibility doesn't bother me at all. again, the google team
does reasonable things when they ship new versions. if anything the
changes in gingerbread will likely make odk faster and easier to use.

ยทยทยท On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 16:31, Arthur wrote: > Dear ODKers, > > I've read a few posts that deal with the backwards compatibility of > ODK with respect to past Android version releases (e.g., the earliest > version of Android for which ODK's features still work). With the > countdown to Gingerbread (Android's new release), I've started > wondering about the "forward compatibility" of ODK for future Android > version releases. Although the contents of Gingerbread remain > (somewhat) to be seen, should there be any problems in running ODK on > it? More generically, to what extent is/should ODK's current build be > compatible with Android's future releases? Also, with the assumption > that past is prelude to future, have Android's other desert-themed > releases given ODK a stomach ache? > > Best, > Arthur > > -- > Post: opendatakit@googlegroups.com > Unsubscribe: opendatakit+unsubscribe@googlegroups.com > Options: http://groups.google.com/group/opendatakit?hl=en >