Apple MobileMe using fleegix.date.Date for timezones

2009-02-10 00:13:00

Sometime last year I found out that Apple was using the fleegix.date.Date plugin to build the timezone support in the MobileMe calendar, and recently had the opportunity to take a look and see what they did with it.

The MobileMe calendar is quite pretty, as you might expect with an app written with SproutCore. It still has some pretty rough edges (I'd say even lagging behind the UI we built for for Cosmo (AKA Chandler Server) in a lot of areas), but is mostly speedy and pretty solid.

You can see from the core JavaScript file for the calendar that Apple is indeed using fleegix.date.Date for handling timezones. Also nice to see that Apple is living up to their open-source obligations by including copyright information in their distributed source.

On a technical note, it's interesting to see that they're preparsing all the Oson zoneinfo data into a big JSON string and including it directly inline in the JavaScript source -- that's quite a big ol' ball of JSON data.

Seems pretty inefficient to me to push that out to all users (or even just all users who have timezones enabled) with no regard for how much of that data is actually ever used. But of course, MobileMe is still a relatively new product, and has a lot room for optimization.

I'm pretty excited to see a company like Apple building a major end-user-facing product using a Fleegix.js plugin, and even more enthused about the idea that the code is getting some real large-scale usage.


This is the blog for Matthew Eernisse. I currently work at Yammer as a developer, working mostly with JavaScript. All opinions expressed here are my own, not my employer's.


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