Switch back to PyS60 1.4.5…

by Pankaj Nathani


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Last week, on X’mas eve, we had the major update to PyS60 – which was now based on Python 2.5.

The latest version had many things to offer, specially – simplified packaging methods with the one clickย  GUI Ensymble.

But it also has some drawbacks, which make it unusable for developers and force them to switch back to the old and dependable PyS60 1.4.5 ! Truely PyS60 1.9.0 is a rough release.

Below are few reasons, well enough to persuade you to switch back to 1.4.5

1) Signed: It is not signed by Nokia certificate. Hence, many useful functions and modules are unusable. For example the gsm location module and the gps positioning module. However 3rd Edition FP2 packages are signed with location capability as well.

2) Open C dependency: This has complicated the installation. Now one needs to install 3 to 4 sis files to get the Python interpreter running on his device. What more – there are different user cases – with different firmware, that may or may not need newer Open C upgrade. So the installation is complicated for newbies and they may just give up before they are successful.

3) Package Size: Huge, that is what I have to say. Looking at the size of PyS60 pakages today, one can’t believe that it was so small in the past.ย  As for now the size of the sis file is 2.8 MB. And the application is 6 MB in the application manager. This is not practical at all. End users will have a hard time in such cases. PyS60 dependencies for PyS60 applications is itself a thorn, and in addition to this – increased sizes of Python runtime can cause more problems for the end user.

4) Long launching time: Have you ever installed PyS60 1.9.0 ? If yes, then you might know, how much you waited for the script shell to launch. Now for a PyS60 developer, who is void of advanced debugging tools, it is a big challenge if PyS60 takes so long to launch. Even the standalone applications based on PyS60 take that long to launch.

So with all of the above listed, I would only advise the new beginners not to try PyS60 1.9.0 at all. It is just a pre-pre-alpha release, and only meant to intake feedback on improvements and addable features. And if you are a hard core PyS60 developer – please do provide feedback on the new release to the Python team and then its recommended to switch back to PyS60 1.4.5 ๐Ÿ˜›

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