You've probably seen or installed modified applications, be it a patched dialer for your resolution or a custom WhatsApp version with added features. How do developers do that, though? A lot of the time, the applications' source code isn't even available, so how does it all work? We'll see that first, then take a look at a new tool that aims to make the process much easier, and finally compare it to the popular Xposed framework to see how they...
Quick Guide to Set up Build Environment on Ubuntu
Not too long ago, we covered a pair of guides by XDA Recognized Contributor matt95 aimed UnRUUing and decrypting HTC Rom Update Utilities. As it turns out, these guides aren’t the only contributions matt95 has made to the community.
Matt95 has also penned a simple guide meant to get future developers started quickly and easily with a Ubuntu-based build environment. If you’re been putting off learning Android development because you don’t have the requisite software installed, this guide may come in handy. The guide itself was written with Ubuntu 13.04 in mind, but the steps are nearly identical on other versions of the OS and still relatively similar on other Linux distributions.
Matt95’s guide starts with the extreme basics (i.e. installing Ubuntu). After the OS is loaded, matt95 covers the software needed for the developer environment, as well as how to install it. This includes tools such as JDK, GNU Make, Python, Git, the Android SDK, and additional packages.
If you’re looking to get started with development, make your way over to the guide thread to learn more.
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