I have been creating blog posts from my phone and doing a little coding. I have been wondering, though, if I could do android app development work on my phone. I want to do this for the same reasons that I post to this blog from my phone. With young kids and other responsibilities I don't have much time to sit in front of a computer.
So using what I had learned from blogging and other activities on my phone I decided to give it a try.
First I needed to learn how to build my apps from the command line. I have done all my previous Android development using Eclipse. The machine I am working on is running Ubuntu. I did some reading and found out it was pretty easy.
First off, in the project folder I needed to be able to run the android command to setup the project. To do that I had to add the android sdk directory to my path. After doing that I got an error about tools.jar missing. After some Googling and trying different things I ended up installing openjdk 7. This resolved the issue. Then I also needed to install ant. I had no issues with that.
After that setup I ran the android command in the project folder passing some arguments specifying a target and some other things. I already had some emulators setup from my previous development work, so I was able to use one of those as the target.
Then all I had to do was run 'ant clean' and then 'ant debug' and it created an apk for me.
Now I needed to be able to do that from my phone. I setup ssh on the Ubuntu machine and I was able to connect from my phone using the ssh client app that I use. The one I use now is just called SSH Client.
Then I setup the project as a github repository. Using an app called SGit I am able to check out the repository on my phone and make changes to the code using an app called Quoda. Then I commit and push the changes. Then I ssh to the Ubuntu machine, run 'git pull', 'ant debug', and a new apk is generated. The folder where it is generated is in my Dropbox folder, so then from my phone I can download it in the Dropbox app.
There are a lot of apps involved there and it takes a long time to get anything done. This works okay, but I would like to cut out some of this process and maybe automate some things. I will blog again after I look into some ways of automatically building the apk etc.
This post has been mostly written for a while, but I forgot to publish. I am almost finished with a followup post. I may publish that today as well.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Starting Android development on my phone
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