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Ripple vs. Tablet Sim?

Hello All,

 

Just installed Ripple.  Once I also installed XAMPP as my local server, the thing works beautifully.  Fast, clean and easy.  I was previously testing my Webworks app in the Tablet OS Sim, but found it to be a bit slower and more cumbersome.  Also, some of the CSS3 and Javascript features I built into my app don't work on the sim, but do work in Ripple.

 

My first thought is that this is too good to be true.  Can Ripple be trusted as a testing tool in place of the simulator?  Could it be that something is simply lost in the packaging upon conversion to .BAR (which I wouldn't notice while using Ripple)?  If so, doesn't that mean that if my app doesn't work on the sim, it won't work on the Playbook?

 

 

If Ripple is a suitable replacement, is there any reason to use the simulator anymore for testing webworks apps?

 

Thanks to anyone for comments and info.

 

 

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Re: Ripple vs. Tablet Sim?

Ripple is VERY close to the PlayBook today.. We will be updating Ripple in a future release to have more "fedelity rendering" to mobile devices.  

 

Today, the closeer your mobile browser is to Chrome, the better Ripple will be.  We will be continuing to improve this fedelity experience as we continue to enhance Ripple.

 

I personally use Ripple for 90% of my development and then do my final tweaking on the actual sim/device.

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Re: Ripple vs. Tablet Sim?

The main problem with Ripple is that it doesn't support special PlayBook events like swipe gestures, multi-touch or the accelerometer, but for 'standard' features, it's quite reliable.

You also have to bear in mind that the PlayBook is going to be much slower at fetching data and for some animations.

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Re: Ripple vs. Tablet Sim?

Those events will be coming.. I "think" accelerometer will be coming very soon

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Re: Ripple vs. Tablet Sim?

Thanks to you both for the responses.

 

Interfasys mentions that fetching data will be much slower on the actual device.  Does this mean fetching data from the Internet, or from memory on the device?  My Webworks app uses WebDB.

 

Thanks again.

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Re: Ripple vs. Tablet Sim?

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You will have no speed issues with WebDB. It can be faster than a desktop, depending on your development environment, because the PlayBook uses flash memory.

I was talking about fetching data from external servers. The WiFi latency will come into play, but there is something else that makes the PlayBook slower.

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