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Little things that matter in language design
Honest question: how is the new paradigm of "activities" different from e.g. Android "activities" (which even have the same name)?
Posted Oct 19, 2012 0:18 UTC (Fri) by pynm0001 (guest, #18379)
Either way, my very limited understanding of the Android SDK when I reviewed it some months ago was that an activity was an implementation detail for a software developer, not a user-visible term in the Android UI.
Posted Oct 19, 2012 7:42 UTC (Fri) by man_ls (subscriber, #15091)
So I understand that activities in KDE are an element of the UI, thanks. Intriguing. dtlin's post below and the link posted are a very good source.
Posted Oct 19, 2012 23:05 UTC (Fri) by pynm0001 (guest, #18379)
I'm too lazy to dig up links (and besides, doesn't really matter). Feels like the OpenHandsetAlliance was so long ago though, amazing how much has changed just in 4 years...
Posted Oct 19, 2012 3:09 UTC (Fri) by dtlin (✭ supporter ✭, #36537)
They're not alike at all.
Plasma activities are like super-virtual desktops: they are a collection of desktop state, configuration, and windows.
Android is easier to explain by analogy. The whole system is a web browser and an activity is a specific web page. One program may have many activities, just as one host may have many web pages, but while you can navigate between them freely, you can only see one at once.
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