Introduction To Android NDK

Posted on Apr 27, 2012 (one year ago). Seen 16,477 times. 5 comments. Permalink Feed
Photo Aleksandar Gargenta
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While most Android apps are written in pure Java, Android's Native Development Kit (NDK) enables us to access code written in C/C++ via Java Native Interface (JNI). This is often done in the name of performance, or to take advantage of existing legacy code-base.

In this tutorial, we will see what NDK is, why we would use it, and build a simple application to see how to get started. I hope you enjoy it.

01 - What is the NDK? (3:16)
02 - Why use the NDK? (4:07)
03 - Installation (2:17)
04 - Getting Started (22:54)
05 - Application Binary Interface (8:09)
06 - The UI (10:49)
07 - The Client (15:32)
08 - The First Run (9:10)
09 - Using LibLog (11:01)
10 - Using JNI_OnLoad (18:51)

Code used in this tutorial is available at Marakana's GitHub Repository.

Comments

Posted on May 5, 2012
Photo Paul Beusterien
Member since Dec 20, 2011
Great tutorial! It's easy to follow the steps to get up and running with NDK.

An 11th module on ndk-gdb would be a would be my only additional request.

Nice work Saša!
Posted on May 5, 2012
Photo Aleksandar Gargenta
Technical Program Manager
Twitter Inc
Member since Jan 19, 2007
Location: San Francisco
Thanks Paul!

I definitely want to post a tutorial on NDK debugging, so do expect to see something soon!
Posted on Jul 2, 2012
Photo Ashok Tiwari
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Best Tutorial i have ever came across !!!
Posted on Dec 12, 2013
Photo Ehab Alsharairi
MSc in physics, mobile developer.
Plexabe inc.
Member since Dec 12, 2013
Great tutorial! it's the amazing step to start.
Posted on Jan 26, 2014
Photo Priyanthi Dassanayake
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wondeful Alex, Great tutorial... Was very very helpful, Thanks you