Quick tabbing profiling (was Re: Report on `activities switching' profiling)

Benjamin Berg benjamin at sipsolutions.net
Sat Jul 19 06:43:50 EDT 2008


On Sat, 2008-07-19 at 12:18 +0200, Tomeu Vizoso wrote:
> 2008/7/18 Benjamin Berg <benjamin at sipsolutions.net>:
> > We may need a more complicated scheme to keep track of the activities
> > during tabbing.
> 
> Much more complicated? Perhaps we should have a TabbingContext class
> to keep track of these things, so we don't add too much complexity to
> classes like Shell and ShellModel?

The current code assumes that one can just switch the active Activity
right away, but only raise the window on a delay. This does not work.

I already had some code in my first series of patches that would keep
track of a "tabbing-activity" separately from the "active-activity" (in
the HomeModel). This, together with some other changes, will be needed
to fix the issue.

> How bad is this issue from the user point of view?

Tabbing is still better than it was before my patches landed. But I do
expect that fixing this will be nice improvement in in tabbing
experience.

> In my opinion, if we can land one important feature like this on one
> milestone, and improve its performance on the next one, that's quite
> probably the best we can do with the available resources. If we
> optimize too late in the release cycle, we may introduce too many bugs
> and greatly affect the stability of the whole product.

Of course, destabilising sugar should not be an option.

I am planning to look into this at the end of next week. So I hope to
have a patch by Friday or Saturday.

Benjamin
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