[OSM-talk] Serious consideration of "Newbie Editor"

Dave Stubbs osm.list at randomjunk.co.uk
Fri Feb 26 12:38:07 GMT 2010


On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 10:29 AM, John Smith <deltafoxtrot256 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 26 February 2010 19:44, Dave Stubbs <osm.list at randomjunk.co.uk> wrote:
>> There are two big advantages of a simple mode to an existing full editor:
>>
>>  - you don't have to write the OSM handling parts again, even a simple
>> editor needs to cope with some quite complex things
>>
>>  - you provide an easy choice for the user who wishes to progress onto
>> something less basic
>
> There are some downsides, bloated code base, which in turns makes
> things harder for new coders to edit or fix small issues, and higher
> memory and other resource usage, although javascript may be higher
> still, but I haven't needed to compare flash to javscript before.
>

Bigger code base sure -- and lots of code that might not get used for
some config -- if the code is written nicely that's largely to one
side and people don't notice it. It's mostly UI stuff anyway -- as I
said you actually end up needing most of the same back end processing
if you're doing anything that involves not just POIs (and for various
OSM reasons that's increasingly not so useful). This is more about
good design than an inherent property.

Higher memory and resource usage is about how you program it, and how
the simple mode switch works, and isn't necessarily true at all.

Flash vs Javascript is not really relevant to the points made, unless
you mean that there isn't currently a javascript editor to cut down,
which is of course true.

Dave




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