A .gitignore for Android

In my previous post, I talked about how to set up a standalone Android build system, and in passing, mentioned pulling the source to be build from some repository. Of course, before you get to that point, you have to get the source into the repository, and if you are using Android Studio you also have a bunch of metadata files which you might or might not want to store. 

With Git, this is where the .gitignore file comes in (other source repositories are available).

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Configuring a headless build system for Android

When developing apps for Android, I use Android Studio which provides all the aspiring developer needs to get something working. In the past, I've developed and published an app on Google Play where there was no specific build system and new development and release build were the same machine because it was quick and easy. It did require some careful juggling if I needed to make a hotfix to a release build while previously working on a development version. Version control software, like Git, makes this easier, and this combined development and build environment sat uneasily with me given my enterprise development & support background where build systems were considered sacred since our ability to deliver fixes to clients depended on them. So when I started putting together Controller for Mote, I decided I would take the opportunity to set up a dedicated Android build system on an old spare system I had laying idle.

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Controller for Mote v1.0.1 Released

Controller for Mote v1.0.1 is now available on Google Play. This is a fairly small update which was originally intended to add some robustness to error handling, and also ended up with some internal restructuring to make things more organised for future updates.

Don't forget that you need to install and run the required Mote API code on the device your Mote is plugged in to. The required Mote API code is available separately and can be found at https://github.com/EarthstormSoftware/controllerformote-api along with full instructions.

Further information about Controller for Mote can be found at the source repository here:
https://github.com/EarthstormSoftware/controllerformote-android

 

Controller for Mote v1.0.0 Released

Controller for Mote v1.0.0 is now available on Google Play. A simple open source application, Controller for Mote lets you control your Pimoroni® Mote from your Android device.

It requires Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher, and also requires that you install and run the required Mote API code on the device your Mote is plugged in to. The required Mote API code is available separately and can be found at https://github.com/EarthstormSoftware/controllerformote-api along with full instructions.

Further information about Controller for Mote can be found at the source repository here:
https://github.com/EarthstormSoftware/controllerformote-android

 

Earthstorm Software Lives

Earthstorm Software is something that has been floating around the edges of existence for some time. Many years ago, almost on a whim, I purchased the Earthstorm.net domain, and while using that for my personal domain and e-mail, I often wondered if I could do something more with the 'Earthstorm' identity. As these thoughts ebbed and flowed over the years I acquired a couple more 'Earthstorm' domains, including this one, but never really got things running.

That changes now. Earthstorm Software  is now my personal software development hub, with my personal projects and blog posts coming together here in a more consistent format and location. To kickstart that process, I've just released the first official Earthstorm Software app to the Google Play store - more on that shortly.

R.

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