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Performance Improvements On iOS & Some Other News

The other day one of our pro users sent us an app he is worki...

Performance Improvements On iOS & Some Other News

The other day one of our pro users sent us an app he is working on (which looks great and will hopefully be submitted to the gallery), he was experiencing major performance degradation on iOS compared to Android. Initially I couldn't find anything wrong with the app so I started debugging and benchmarking the hell out of it.

Turns out that we had a bug with table cells in which we made the cell transparent regardless of theme settings, this had to do with the old way in which we drew the table cell border which is no longer relevant. Anyway, this triggered a problem when he tried to set the cell background. His solution was to use a gradient and set the source/destination color to the same value!
Naturally this slowed down performance considerably... However, even when that was fixed there was still some sluggishness that was obvious and specific to iOS.

I spent some time with the device native profiler and found a major performance bug in scaled image drawing that occurred when drawing the same image in more than one resolution on the same page. Fixing that improved the performance noticeably. I then profiled again and found an issue with the speed of draw string, we cache textures of Strings in the native code and it seems that this cache was filling up too fast on my ipad. I increased the cache size and tripled it for the iPad which has a large size and can fit more strings on the screen.

Doing all of the above has made the applications noticeably faster in every way and might improve the performance of your apps just by sending a new build.

Other than that we are now starting to deploy SSD based Mac build servers. This roughly halves the time it takes to build a native iPhone app in CN1! I hope to convert all our servers to these beasts, I was able to build the Facebook demo in under 3 minutes!

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Posted by Shai Almog

Shai is the co-founder of Codename One. He's been a professional programmer for over 25 years. During that time he has worked with dozens of companies including Sun Microsystems.
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