Why is Tomdroid so big?

Asked by kristopher_d on 2009-12-30

Tomdroid requires more than 800 kb while other, more functional note taking apps require less than 200kb. Notepad with sync falls into this category and includes not only bi-directional sync, but the ability to actually create and edit notes. WikiNotes does not directly support sync, but it does support import/export in a format very similar to tomboy's and includes the wiki style linking. Granted, it stores notes in a database, rather than files, but that difference doesn't account for 600kb, especially considering the capacity for importing and exporting files in addition to db storage. I also can't imagine the ability to define a url and download files from said url would account for that difference either, considering the size of Notepad with Sync.

So why the extra size. Functionality certainly doesn't match weight.

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Olivier Bilodeau (plaxx) said : #1

Actually, its because of a library called jodatime used to parse the date format of tomboy notes. It's a format that I wasn't able to parse using standard Java date / time classes so I pulled it in quickly to achieve this piece.

The lib itself weight 600kb.. It's a very capable but big library.

NO efforts have been made at optimizing for size yet. I know I can maybe find another lib to do this work, write a little parser myself or just strip the parts of jodatime i don't use (I even think a lite version exists). This work will likely take place before a 1.0 release.

Olivier Bilodeau (plaxx) said : #2

I just committed a change that allowed to remove the big jodatime library.

Apk App size went from ~380Kb to ~30Kb.

I will release that soon (days).

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