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Mobiledevices such as smartphones and tablets are set to become the main computersthat virtually all people will own and carry with them at all times. And yet,mobile devices are not yet used for all computing tasks. A project at MicrosoftResearch was created to answer a simple question: “It is possible to createinteresting apps directly on a smartphone or tablet, without using a separatePC or a keyboard?” The result is TouchDevelop, a programming environment thatruns on all modern mobile devices such as Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad, Androidphones and tablets, and also on PCs and Macs.
This book walks you through all of the screens of the TouchDevelop app, and itpoints out similarities and differences of the TouchDevelop language comparedto other programming languages. For users, the book can serve as a handyreference next to the phone. The book systematically addresses all programminglanguage constructs, starting from the very basic constructs such as variablesand loops. The book also explores many of the phone sensors and data sourceswhich make creating apps for mobile devices so rewarding.
If you are new to programming with TouchDevelop, or if you have not yet workedon touchscreen devices, we suggest that you read the book starting from Chapter1. If you are already familiar with the basic paradigm of the TouchDevelopprogramming environment, then feel free to jump ahead to the later chaptersthat address particular topic areas.
This book is written from theperspective of a person developing their code using a web browser. TheTouchDevelop Web App runs in many modern browsers on many different devicesincluding smartphones and tablets, Macs, PC. All screenshots and navigationinstructions refer to the TouchDevelop Web App running in a browser. ForWindows Phone, there is a dedicated TouchDevelop app in the Windows Phone Storewhich gives access to many more sensors and data sources. Starting with theTouchDevelop app v3.0 for Windows Phone 8, the phone app will share the samelook and navigation structure and all features of the Web App.
What you’ll learn
The little tricks to programming on your mobile devices and for a mobile device
The scripting language and cloud-based ecosystem
Using cameras, video and audio, and other sensors such as a microphone, accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope
Access to the web, authorized access to web services
How to write simple games using a built-in physics engine
Who this book is for
This programming language was written for people who wish tobe able to create apps from their phone. This scenario is particularlyappealing to enthusiastic end-users who own mobile devices and students, whoare the Target audience of this book.
Android on x86: An Introduction to Optimizing for Intel® Architecture
Android on x86: an Introduction to Optimizing for Intel®
Architecture serves two main purposes.
First, it makes the case for adapting your applications onto Intel’s x86
architecture, including discussions of the business potential, the changing
landscape of the Android marketplace, and the unique challenges and
opportunities that arise from x86 devices.
The fundamental idea is that extending your applications to support x86
or creating new ones is not difficult, but it is imperative to know all of the
technicalities. This book is dedicated to providing you with an awareness of
these nuances and an understanding of how to tackle them.
Second, and most importantly, this book provides a one-stop
detailed resource for best practices and procedures associated with the
installation issues, hardware optimization issues, software requirements,
programming tasks, and performance optimizations that emerge when developers
consider the x86 Android devices. Optimization discussions dive into native
code, hardware acceleration, and advanced profiling of multimedia applications.
The authors have collected this information so that you can use the book as a
guide for the specific requirements of each application project.
This book is not dedicated solely to code; instead it is
filled with the information you need in order to take advantage of x86
architecture. It will guide you through
installing the Android SDK for Intel Architecture, help you understand the
differences and similarities between processor architectures available in
Android devices, teach you to create and port applications, debug existing x86
applications, offer solutions for NDK and C++ optimizations, and introduce the
Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager. This book provides the most
useful information to help you get the job done quickly while utilizing best
What you’ll learn
The development-relevant differences between Android on ARM and Android on Intel x86
How to set up the SDK for an emulated Intel Android device
How to build the Android OS for the Intel Mobile Processor
How to create new x86 based Android applications, set up testing and performance tuning, and port existing Android applications to work with the x86 processor
How to debug problems they encounter when working on the x86 Android test platform
Intricacies of the Intel Hardware Accelerated Execution Manager. The reader will also gain significant insight into the OpenGL Android support.
Who this book is for
Hardware designers who need to understand how Android will work on their processors
CIOs and CEOs of technology-based companies
IT staff who may encounter or need to understand the issues
New startup founders and entrepreneurs
Computer science students
Mobile Developer's Guide To The Galaxy
The free, community driven handbook about mobile technologies: Over 20 experts from all over the world are sharing their know-how on topics like mobile app design, platform-specific aspects of app development, cross-platform development, mobile analytics, accessibility, monetization, app stores, LBS, NFC, app testing and a lot more.
The book is popular among developers wanting to deepen their knowledge and decision-makers planning to enter the mobile business alike. The content gets updates and extended continuously, 13 editions have been published since 2009 and 50,000 hardcopies have been distributed.