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Should I Use A Xamarin.Forms MVVM Framework?
Posted: January 21, 2018 / By: Adam Pedley/ In: Architecture[^].
Ravi Bhavani has posted some interesting comments on Xamarin Forms here, on the Lounge.
«... thank the gods that they have made you superior to those events which they have not placed within your own control, rendered you accountable for that only which is within you own control For what, then, have they made you responsible? For that which is alone in your own power—a right use of things as they appear.» Discourses of Epictetus Book I:12
I was teaching at a tech college between 1990 and 1995 - that is rougly twentyfive years ago.
Even back then... I was teaching signalling systems in telecommunication networks, starting out with what I considered the simplest and most familiar technology: Pulse dialing (sometimes called 'interrupt dialing), known since the start of the 20th century.
I was wrong. The students gave me a blank stare when I referred to the rotating dial. It turned out that in one class of about 28 students, roughly 20 years old, one had ever used such a phone. I the other class, same size, one student could tell that her old aunt still owned a phone of that kind, but this student had never used it. A fair fraction of the 55 students remembered having seen such devices in old movies, though, but never considered how they were operated.
This was 25 years ago; those students are now around 45 years old and may be grandparents. I guess some of them have been in touch with dial phones over the years, but to a kid of today who wants an explanation, his parents are of little help, maybe even his grandparents!
Note: This is Norway. Up until around 1980, we had the most worn-down telephone network in the Western world. So we threw out all the old garbage, and became the first country in the world to do a complete switchover from analog to digital technology. To use an old dial type phone, you had to use an adapter converting sound, signaling and everything else into ISDN format, before feeding the signal into the switch. I guess this contributed to dial phones being thrown away earlier in this country than in some other countries.
In the early 90's, I was out with a friend one day while he was doing inspections and I got paged from work. Since this was well before cell phones were popular, I asked the homeowner where we were if I could borrow his phone.
His daughter handed me a phone with the rotary dial built into the handset and said to her father, "I think you should show him how to use it."
I smiled and replied, "This is what I grew up using."
One of the best fiction authors I ever read has died. Currently, there are no authors ready to fill her shoes. She is, and will be, missed.
I started reading her works when I was in college, way back in the 1960s. She was brilliant, although one of the most difficult authors I had ever read at the time. As a reader, she taught me much about English, sentences and vocabulary. Readers cannot just speed through her works, especially her novels — she hides too much in plain sight.
I wish that I had met her. I will miss her. Rest in peace, Ms. Le Guin.