Article Side

Online Article Directory!

Hello Guest! Login or Register to submit articles!

How to utilize NDK for Android Application and Game Development

By Pradeep Hunka Subscribe to RSS | April 24th 2012 | Views:
loading
 
  



Android software development is the process by which new applications are created for the Android operating system. Android applications are generally developed in the Java programming language using the Android Software Development Kit, but other development tools like NDK are also available.

What is NDK?

NDK is a software development tool for development of android applications and games. Android development using SDK is done in Java. NDK allows the user to implement parts of applications using native code languages such as C and C++. Therefore, it is called as Native Android Development.The Android NDK is available for three platforms- Windows, Mac OS X(Intel), Linux 32-64 bit(x86).

Using NDK proves beneficial in the sense, that it allows the user to generate native code in certain class’s applications, in the form of reuse and increasing performance in certain cases. The Android NDK is always used with the Android SDK. To run the Android NDK, the user must have a complete installation of the Android SDK installation (including all dependencies) and an Android 1.5 SDK or later version. Native classes can be called from Java code running under the Dalvik VM using the System.loadLibrary call, which is part of the standard Android Java classes.

Contents of NDK

The NDK contains the APIs, documentation, and sample applications that help you write your native code.

The NDK includes a set of cross-toolchains (compilers, linkers, etc.) that can generate native ARM binaries on Linux, OS X, and Windows (with Cygwin) platforms.

It provides a set of system headers for stable native APIs that are guaranteed to be supported in all later releases of the platform:libc (C library) headers,libm (math library) headers, JNI interface headers, libz (Zlib compression)headers, liblog (Android logging) header, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 (3D graphics libraries) headers, libjnigraphics (Pixel buffer access) header (for Android 2.2 and above), minimal set of headers for C++ support, OpenSL ES native audio libraries, Android native application APIS.

Ways to use native code

The Android framework provides two means in which the native code can be used for Android application development:-

1) Write your application using the Android framework and use JNI to access the APIs provided by the Android NDK. This technique allows you to take advantage of the convenience of the Android framework, but still allows you to write native code when necessary. You can install applications that use native code through the JNI on devices that run Android 1.5 or later.

2) Write a native activity, which allows you to implement the lifecycle callbacks in native code. The Android SDK provides the NativeActivity class, which is a convenience class that notifies your native code of any activity lifecycle callbacks (onCreate(), onPause(), onResume(), etc). You can implement the callbacks in your native code to handle these events when they occur. Applications that use native activities must be run on Android 2.3 (API Level 9) or later.

Required development tools

1) For all development platforms, GNU Make 3.81 or later is required. Earlier versions of GNU Make might work but have not been tested.

2) A recent version of awk (either GNU Awk or Nawk) is also required.

3) For Windows, Cygwin 1.7 or higher is required. The NDK will not work with Cygwin 1.5 installations.

It is recommended to use NDK only when it is necessary for the application. Its use should not be governed by the preference to use a certain languages the use of native code may not necessarily lead to increase in speed of the program. Using NDK will always increase the program complexity.

About Hunka Technologies

Hunka Technologies is on one of the leading mobile applications development company based in India. Hunka specializes in Apple iphone application development, android application development, windows mobile application development and HTML 5. Hunka also has a specialized team for iphone game development, ipod & ipad game development and android game development. For more information please check our website: http://hunkatech.com

Pradeep Hunka - About Author:

Share on Facebook Tweet It Stumbleupon this post This post is delicious !

Article Source:
http://www.articleside.com/software-articles/how-to-utilize-ndk-for-android-application-and-game-development.htm

Related Software Articles Subscribe to RSS

Outsourcing Joomla web developer for stress-free web Joomla development
Published by Sam Anderson on August 22nd 2012 | Software
Hire Joomla web developer from reliable outsourcing companies offers stress free hiring processes an...
 
Reverse Osmosis Process with the development of membranes that could be used to desalt water
Published by Jamesarmstrong2011 on July 19th 2012 | Computer
Reverse osmosis is a process whereby a pump is used to pressure water through a membrane, and away f...
 
Novel ways for business owners to get the best from mobile app development project
Published by Angel on May 30th 2012 | Software
A business owner can bring in more sales by making diligent use of apps, built through successful mo...
 
Essential things to know about mobile app development
Published by Angel on December 1st 2011 | Software
Mobile applications are growing rapidly and are really very useful for entertainment as well as busi...
 
How to check the quality of a web development company?
Published by Amela Brooke on April 30th 2012 | Computer
Since the advent of online trading and exchange, organizations have been contending among themselves...
 
Importance of a software development company in website building
Published by Jon on December 20th 2011 | Software
Whenever you go to expand your business over the web, your website would be the best recommended way...
 
B2B website development in ASP call us now 954-397-0800
Published by Sigma Solve LLC on July 13th 2012 | Software
Sigma Solve LLC Provides Best Web Portal Development in ASP.NET Services by Experts ASP.NET Develope...
 
Technical knowledge and innovative ideas are important application development
Published by Anoop TU on May 31st 2012 | Software
Communication section have been developing very much nowadays with the dynamic telecom sector. Smar...
 
Mobile app development - Steer Clear of Common Traps
Published by Angel on July 20th 2012 | Software
In his quest to develop groundbreaking apps, an aspiring developer expends efforts to make the most ...
 
Growing demand of Mobile application development
Published by Terry Littrell on June 22nd 2012 | Software
The article is about mobile application development which has grew wider and popular since the time ...
 
Evince Technologies PHP development india
Published by Alsa on January 3rd 2012 | Software
Evince Technologies provides guidance to clients seeking the right choices in the fast-moving field ...
 
In 2012, US IT managers are looking to replace their offshore software development providers by nearshore ones.
Published by Yeleny Lopez on January 24th 2012 | Software
We have built customized tools for automating software development phases, maximizing the power leve...
 
What should a programmer consider before embarking on mobile website development program
Published by Angel on January 20th 2012 | Software
The programmer who plays a vital role in mobile website development projects should take note of imp...
 
Get the best insurance software developed by a leading software development Company
Published by Paul on December 6th 2011 | Software
Insurance Software Services is one of the best software company involved in the development of insur...
 
SharePoint 2010 helps in the development and customization of solutions
Published by Cygnet Infotech on July 11th 2012 | Software
SharePoint 2010 is the latest and advanced version of Microsoft Office SharePoint. The new version o...
 
Mobile website development – the prevailing parameters
Published by Angel on August 24th 2012 | Software
Enthusiastic developers go all out to produce great results out of mobile web development programs. ...
 
The perfect web development supplier need to have a competent team of veteran software developers
Published by Josejames on June 9th 2012 | Software
When you opt for E-commerce solutions developer, it would be best to select enterprise specializing ...
 
Mobile application development – Three important steps for developers
Published by Angel on June 6th 2012 | Software
Companies that want to build robust apps through mobile application development program are keen to ...
 
Businesses benefit widely through Mobile application development
Published by Terry Littrell on May 11th 2012 | Software
The article is about mobile application development which is remarkably beneficial for businesses wo...
 
Customized Mobile Apps development
Published by Terry Littrell on June 11th 2012 | Software
The article is about mobile apps development along with a list of its capabilities it offers busines...