We all know that one of the biggest draws to Android is that it is an open source operating system. It is this open source ethos that rings clearly throughout the halls of XDA-Developers. Recently, XDA Forum Member huntergdavis studied his site and app traffic and decided the increased overall benefits of open source Android applications would outweigh any personal reasons to keep his applications closed source.
You may know Hunter Davis as a Google Play developer with a series of “Easy” apps. Davis has released everything from “Easy Dog Whistle” and “Easy MD5“ to not-so-Easy apps such as “AR Wiki (Augmented Reality Wikipedia).” Needless to say, he’s a skilled developer with many apps under his belt.
Davis wanted to release source, but he encountered a problem. Releasing the source for seventy individual applications is a daunting manual task with several specific commands for each individual app. If you’ve ever used Git, you’re familiar with the amount of work involved in setting up a single project, let alone sixty-nine others. This is something which no man would want to do.
However, a developer is not limited by the same rules as most men. If a developer feels that he is not up to the task at hand, he programs the task. If a developer does not wish to play a game, he doesn’t have to. The skill that developers have is to harness the power of a machine.
So, What did Davis do? Davis did what developers do best. He developed his development machine to make it do his bidding. First, Davis released the source for seventy applications in a single bound and released the code he used to release his source code. A day later, he released eleven more.
Hunter Davis, We at XDA salute you for joining the open source movement! You can check out Hunter Davis’s work on Google Play, and view his source on GitHub. While you’re at it, feel free to visit Hunter Davis’s website as well.