Chances are, you’ve heard of XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler‘s CASUAL tool before. Although the Java-based tool is most frequently used for acquiring root quickly and easily on various devices, there is a whole lot more that you can do with CASUAL. For those who may have forgotten, CASUAL stands for Cross-platform Android Scripting, Unified Auxiliary Loader. And as its name implies, it’s a universal infrastructure for deploying firmware and other hacks to Android from any Windows, Linux, or Mac computer—provided that you have Java Runtime Environment installed.
Not content with simply using CASUAL for his own wiles, Adam made the project open source for other developers to build from. Now, Adam is launching a new website, CASUAL-Dev.com, where developers can find anything and everything related to CASUAL development. You may be wondering why you would want to use CASUAL as the launching point for your own development work. Well, in the words of Adam:
If you’re a developer of Android firmware, software, or exploits; CASUAL is meant for you. CASUAL provides a way to package these developments and distribute them in a way that does not exclude Windows, Linux, or Mac users. It also solves platform/device-specific problems, troubleshoots errors, and in the event that CASUAL cannot fix the problem, it provides the user with steps to take.
In addition to describing the package and its components, Adam describes how to create a CASPAC (CASUAL Package Action Container) using the CASCADE IDE. Adam’s site also walks new CASUAL developers through the process of taking a CASPAC and turning it into a full CASUAL package using CASPACkager. The whole process is documented through the use of sample code and syntax, so that the mental cost of entry is as low as possible.
Head over to CASUAL-Dev to learn how you can get started with CASUAL development.
PS. If you’re “simply” an end-user, don’t think Adam has forgotten about you either. He is also contemplating implementing a new and cleaner user interface developed by Randall Schwartzentruber. So if you like it,
then you’d better put a ring on it leave a comment on Adam’s page stating that you’d like to see the new UI in the next version of CASUAL.