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Android NDK Game Development Cookbook

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Learn
  • Port popular C++ libraries to Android
  • Write portable multithreaded code
  • Play audio with OpenAL
  • Implement gesture recognition
  • Render text with FreeType
  • Use OpenGL ES to port and abstract APIs from the game code to develop games on a desktop PC
  • Debug mobile applications on your desktop
  • Access Flickr and Picasa web services from C++
  • Extract resources from APK archives
  • Develop Android applications without an IDE
About

Android NDK is used for multimedia applications which require direct access to a system's resources. Android NDK is also the key for portability, which in turn provides a reasonably comfortable development and debugging process using familiar tools such as GCC and Clang toolchains. If your wish to build Android games using this amazing framework, then this book is a must-have.

This book provides you with a number of clear step-by-step recipes which will help you to start developing mobile games with Android NDK and boost your productivity debugging them on your computer. This book will also provide you with new ways of working as well as some useful tips and tricks that will demonstrably increase your development speed and efficiency.

This book will take you through a number of easy-to-follow recipes that will help you to take advantage of the Android NDK as well as some popular C++ libraries. It presents Android application development in C++ and shows you how to create a complete gaming application.

You will learn how to write portable multithreaded C++ code, use HTTP networking, play audio files, use OpenGL ES, to render high-quality text, and how to recognize user gestures on multi-touch devices. If you want to leverage your C++ skills in mobile development and add performance to your Android applications, then this is the book for you.

Features
  • Tips and tricks for developing and debugging mobile games on your desktop
  • Enhance your applications by writing multithreaded code for audio playback, network access, and asynchronous resource loading
  • Enhance your game development skills by using modern OpenGL ES and develop applications without using an IDE
  • Features two ready-to-run Android games
Page Count 320
Course Length 9 hours 36 minutes
ISBN9781782167785
Date Of Publication 25 Nov 2013

Authors

Viktor Latypov

Viktor Latypov is a software engineer and mathematician with experience in compiler development, device drivers, robotics, and high-performance computing and with a personal interest in 3D graphics and mobile technology. Surrounded by computers for more than 20 years, he enjoys every bit of developing and designing software for anything with a CPU inside. Viktor holds a PhD in applied mathematics from Saint-Petersburg State University.

Sergey Kosarevsky

Sergey Kosarevsky is a software engineer with experience in C++ and 3D graphics. He worked for mobile industry companies and was involved in mobile projects at SPB Software, Yandex, Layar and Blippar. He has more than 12 years of software development experience and more than 6 years of Android NDK experience. Sergey got his PhD in the field of mechanical engineering from St. Petersburg Institute of Machine-Building in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. In his spare time, Sergey maintains and develops an open source multiplatform gaming engine, the Linderdaum Engine (http://linderdaum.com).