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Android Programming Notes

Basic Application elements

  •    Views  – TextBox etc ,
  •    GroupViews – LinerLayout etc
  •    Activity   – Main Screen and other screens
  •   Intent  – Communication mechanism between Activities

Android Activity Life Cycle ( Names are kind of self explanatory ! )

  •  OnCreate
  •  OnStart
  • OnResume
  • OnPause
  • OnPause
  • OnStop
  • OnDestroy

findViewById(  :- find the view by id in xml file , Cast it to appropriate class

Toast for displaying small messages

startActivity(intent) to create an new intent


  • Relative
  • Absolute
  • Lenier
  • Table
  • Grid

Log.* for logging  (DDMS)

Its is actually very easy , Most of it it there in SDK documentation.   I will read the SDK doc to get stuff done for the most part .  Bye for now . This is not supposed to make sense for anyone other than myself gg 😀

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Android device not regonized ?

Borrowed from Stackoverflow . Keeping it here for my ready reference

First, check the kind of quotes you are using in your udev rules. It looks like you might be using non-ASCII double quotes. See the difference between the quotes around usb and usb_device, etc.

UBSYSTEM=="usb", SYSFS{idVendor}=="1bbb", MODE="0666"
SUBSYSTEM==”usb_device”, SYSFS{idVendor}==”1bbb”, MODE="0666"

You can also just use sudo with ADB, as suggested by @JeremyD. Doing that makes this file essentially irrelevant.


  1. Edit ~/.android/adb_usb.ini (or if you are running as root, check /root/.android)
  2. Add 0x1bbb to the end of the file if it already exists, otherwise do: echo 0x1bbb >> adb_usb.ini
  3. adb kill-server
  4. adb start-server
  5. Check output of adb devices for your device
Posted in General Programming


Hey ,

my blog may contain lot of errors , i do not think many people ready my blog . I am therefore posting these as notes to myself , but  if someone did bump into my blog , I still hope that they find this garbage useful !. Please understand that none of it is authoritative

Posted in System Programming

Embedded Linux Development

Although having no real world experience in embedded Linux development, I was deeply interested about the subject. I therefore read many books on the subject and the sad part is there is nothing that cannot be found online. I basically wasted money on the book, I therefore present summary of what I read and plenty of web references so that you save money on those books !.

Step 1 – Learning how to develop a Linux distro by hand

There are plenty of projects that help you do this , only difference is that them most books make use of uclibc or newlib instead of the standard glibc . These are the set of resources that will help you get started on rolling a base linux  system from scratch. Also vim is one true editor, learn to use vim – use vim as the IDE ,period.

  7.  – Buildroot website

The modulus of operandi is as follows

  • Build a root file system structure with what you need
  • Compile the  kernel with barely enough features needed
  • Installing the boot loader , In previous linux versions pre 2.6 i guess , you may get away without installing a boot loader . A summary linux bootloaders is given in following pages
  3. Network booting Linux :-
  • Setting various configurations files like initab, fstab etc

NOTE: if you are completely new to linux environment , you should check out the guide and tutorials in  ( The Linux Documentation Project ) 

Step 2 – Learn and play around with POSIX API

Linux is after all a POSIX complaint system there are plenty of resources available to learn  POSIX programming .

  1. – Linux Programming Guide
  2.  – Advanced Linux Programming , available for download

Step 3- Learn various Linux File systems

Conventional ones include ext based on ones and those with journaling support  brtfs , jfs ,xfs , ReisesFS . Linux supports something known as VFS – or virtual files system which provides a generic interface that is used across files systems . The concept is very similar to inheritance concept in C++ , although Linux kernel is written in C , VFS is a good example that shows that modularity can be attained even if the underlying language does not support it .

Linux includes support for various embedded file systems like f2fs , – file system optimized for nand flash , read only squashfs file system  , tmpfs for storing stuff in ram.  The  mtd devices are found in /proc/mtd  . Typical embedded file systems include jffs2  , yaffs2 , ubifs ,

Step4 Learn about device drivers and about the linux kernel

Programming device drivers : .   The best book on linux kernel in my opinion is by Bovet and Cesati. . It is very well worth your money . But never hesitate to play around and tinker with stuff ! .  After this you have probably gained mastery over all aspects !.  I am listing few libraries that came to my head  . The list is no where near complete.

Light Weight Libraries/Tools to look at

C Libraries:

  • uclibc :- ( also look at busybox !)
  • eglibc:-
  • dietlibc
  • klibc
  • pdpc – public domain c library


  • dropbear  -ssh
  • webservers :- lighthttpd  , boa , thttpd
  • avahi , bind , iw tools

For Graphics :

  • SDL –
  • DirectFb –
  • Kdrive
  • MicroWindows / NanoX –
  •  – Video for linux
  • TinyGL by fabrice bellard


  • sql lite


I summarize my bookish knowledge on embedded linux in general , if someone thinks more can be added , drop in a comment. I am almost sure no even a single soul reads my blog but i am hoping that some random soul will comment and suggest some improvemnts !