Program for Android in C/C++  

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Program for Android in C/C++ with the Native Development Kit (if you dare)

Not a big fan of Java? Well, get over it, because that’s the primary and recommended way to write applications for Android devices. It’s portable and… what’s that? Android’s Dalvik Java VM not fast enough for you? Granted, it’s an interpreted engine and as of version 1.5 there’s no Just-In-Time compiler. But Dan promises… oh, can’t wait for the JIT to come out? Ok, ok, we’ll let you program in C if you’re really sure.

Introducing the Android Native Development Kit (NDK). With it, you can implement *parts* of your application using native-code languages such as C and C++. You’re familiar with the Java Native Interface (JNI), right? JNI lets you load a shared library and call C code from within Java. The NDK lets you compile and build those libraries for the ARM CPU chip used in all *current* Android devices.

The NDK provides:

  • A set of tools and build files used to generate native code libraries from C and C++ sources
  • A way to embed the corresponding native libraries into application packages files (.apks) that can be deployed on Android devices
  • A set of native system headers and libraries that will be supported in all future releases of the Android platform, starting from Android 1.5
  • Documentation, samples, and tutorials

Users downloading your program from the Market will not be able to tell whether or not you used native code. In fact, some apps already on the Market use it. However, native code is not for everyone

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