Mobile Programming

Adobe PhoneGap/Apache Cordova

Cordova provides a way to turn traditional HTML/CSS/JavaScript-based web-app into a hybrid mobile app. It provides with a platform independent API (plugins) to access camara, geolocation, contact list, etc that is avail on mobile devices. Support for iOS, Android, FireOS, WindowsPhone, and a few other. There are also platform-dependent plugins if desired (the main logic can still be in a platform-independent core when principled).
PhoneGap was acquired by Adobe, but turned it into open source, which became Cordova.
Currently, PhoneGap is largely the same as Cordova 3.0. But PhoneGap does add a mobile app to test the program without needing installation of the app itself (thus by-passing the certificate signing, deploymnet in app/play store, etc). Pretty handy.


need a mac to run Xcode, which comes with iOS emulator
.ipa is the file extension of the app, for ARM processor. Mostly a zip file packing structure, with .app being the main binary. This is a product of cross-compiler, and the resulting .app binary is not expected to run on x86 cpu so not always runnable by Xcode emulator


Use Android Studio (and Android SDK).
Given the large number of devices, need to create (probably many) Android Virtual Device (AVD).
Amazon Web Services may have a simple basic sanity test for all mobile devices.
.apk is the file format

Unix Programming

Development 101


Intel vs Portland vs GNU compilers...


.a = static lib, not for sharing.
     these are for build time linking, 
     created by gcc -c  (MS VC++ create .lib)
     so typically intermediate output of make that goes to a place holder dir, 
     not to be used in LD_LIBRARY_PATH
.so = dynamic lib, like dll.  
      It is run time linking library, 
      created by gcc -o (MS VC++ .dll, .ocx, even .exe)
      these files would go to a place where LD_LIBRARY_PATH would point to.

# .so cannot be linked with .a   
# in ./configure, there are --enable-shared, --disable-shared, and --static ??

-fPIC is for Position Independent Code.  Usually .so files are for --enable-shared.
    allegedly this was for the big-endian vs little-endian issue.  this flag can be added just to be safe.

ldd   /path/to/some/program	# list direct dependencies 
				# find what .so is needed by a binary executable, and if they are in LD_LIBRARY_PATH
ldd -r 				# find indirect deps

				# ldd output list dependent .so, their location, and memory address
				# VDSO is Virtual Dynamic Shared Object,, which export kernel routine to user space
				# as such, no file name path would be given, but a randomized memory address is created for such calls to use.

ldconfig -vNX			# show all the libraries (LD_LIBRARY_PATH*, /etc/
nm    someobj.a		# list symbols
nm -o a.out		# include filename/dependent object in each line for easier grep
			# symbol types (more in nm man page):
			# U = undefined (caps are global/external)
			# T = text/code section
			# r = read only data section (lower case = local symbol)

objdump -T executable | grep ABS	# if bin store source code name, hint where things are from

ar		# create a libraries archive .a file, holding a set of subroutines
		# some .a files are created using the ar command
		# instead of directly by the compiler.
ar tf jkweb.a   # list obj contained in the library archive (think of it as tar tf)

ranlib jkweb.a	# generate index to library archive
		# can use nm -s jkweb.a to list the index  
		# ar now embed the funcion of ranlib and so manual run of this no longer necessary.

readelf	# list symbols in a shared lib

  • YoLinux tutorial
  • According to this thread , mixing static .a lib with dynamic .so lib is possible. (explicit parameters to ld is passed via -Wl, option of gcc).
    Also see this post
  • Linux static linking is dead

    Environment Variables

    These are probably best set in the Makefile, as would be set by autoconfigure, but some old code, well...
    export CFLAGS="$CFLAGS -fPIC"     
    make CLFAGS="-fPIC" CXXFLAGS="-fPIC" 
    LD_PRELOAD	# avoid this, some prog, eg SGE, complains of exploits and unset/ignore this.
    LIBPATH         aix
    SHLIB_PATH      hp-ux 32-bit programs
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH hp-ux 64-bit programs (GCC only??)
    LIB             hp-ux, not sure if it is really needed.
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH         solaris
    LD_LIBRARY_PATH_64      solaris 64-bit
    Some possibilities of preloading the lib before calling a program so that it do
    es not depends on LD_LIBRARY_PATH
    LD_PRELOAD      Manually preload a given set of libs, use only when above fail
    and need to fix specifi c bug
    Though programs that may have compiled in the lib with hard path will invariabl
    y need to have the
    path to be present, not sure if preloading will help.
    /etc/      systemwide preload lib, intented for for debug/temp fix
     use.  (Linux only?)


    TAB is important, preserve it during cut-n-paste!!  space cannot work as substitute!!
    make    -j4     # gnu make, spread load over 4 threads/cpu in parallel.
                    the way how these are defined matter which lib file is loaded 1st,
                    which can potentially cause the use of oldever version if >1 exist.
                    weired linker err about symbols not found.
                    It over ride the LD_LIBRARY_PATH.
                    Similar to -L, "it is only necessary if you are linking with shared
                    libraries (lib*.so) that are not in "standard" places like /usr/lib


    gdb program [corefile]
            debug a core dump producted by a gcc/g++ program.
            solaris debugger in /opt/SUNWspro/bin/
            gdb largely similar to it.
    ddd --dbx [program [corefile]]
            GUI on top of dbx, allow cli also.
            get from or simply "pkg-get install ddd" (install to /opt/csw)
            Maybe in /opt/sfw/bin/ already.
            --dbx use dbx instead of gdb.  dbx must be in $PATH
    nm libfile
                    list symbols defined in a given .o, .a or .so file.
    distcc  set of deamon that runs and allow make -j8 or so to do distributed compiling
            and make use of idle cpu on other computers
            Not hard to setup for simple config, near linear scale for small number
            of computers.
            Presumably complex setup where cross compiler can be used to compile for other
    gdb cmd
    To use gdb, program need to be compiled with debug symbol table, use -g:
    gcc -g file.c ...
    Starting gdb as new session debugging a new program:
    gdb program [core-dump]
    program is the binary program name (look for source in same dir, or alt specified dir)
    Attaching gdb to a running program:
    run program as normal, then, 
    gdb program 
    (for whatever reason, need to know name of binary program again, even though pid is required. 
    Note that gdb will try look for core file named pid. Ignore the warning, gdb will not find it and then attach to the process.
    gdb startup file:
    gdb/dbx cmd	Action
    -----------	-------------------
    where           display stack trace

    Solaris kernel core dump analysis

    solaris analysis of OS (kernel) core dump.
    need to know platform, os version.
    maybe need kernel auditing abilities also.
    kernel core dump to swap.  boot savecore will put it in /var/crash
    There need to be enough room here that fit all physical memory.
    It will do some compression, and it is done in init script (rc2.d/S85savecore),
    so all normally mountable filesystem would be up (barring fsck problem),
    thus it is ok to link /var/crash to another fs w/ more free space.
    file corefile
            determine program that dumped the core
    pstack corefile
            produce strack trace > pstack.out
    c++filt < pstack.out > filtered.out
    crash -d corefile
            Analyze core file dumped during system panico, from SUNWcsu, SUNWcsxu
            overall, can just see that it is an os kernel dump file, but don't know
            how to extract info from it yet.
            trace   produce a bit of tracing info, last error.
            proc    display list
            supposed to be newer version than crash, after sol8
         adb(1),  mdb(1),   kadb(1M),   savecore(1M),   soconfig(1M),
         rt_dptbl(4), ts_dptbl( 4), attributes(5), largefile(5)


    java/jvm cli option for heap/memory utilization control
            -Xms3584k       JVM min heap (working memory)
            -Xmx64m         JVM max heap (def=64m, should give more for app server)
    javaws  idrac.jni
    	# java web start
    	# idrac typically provides a .jni file that is downloaded, and javaws triggered to open this file.

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