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Android NDK Game Development Cookbook

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Android NDK Game Development Cookbook

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)
Android NDK Game Development Cookbook
About the Authors
About the Reviewers

Using the FreeImage graphics library

FreeImage is a portable graphics library that unifies loading and saving of popular image formats, such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, TGA, high dynamic range EXR images, and many others.

Getting ready

Download the most recent FreeImage source code from the library home page: We used the Version 3.15.4, released in October 2012.

How to do it...

  1. Both the and files are pretty standard. The former should contain this definition of the GLOBAL_CFLAGS:

    GLOBAL_CFLAGS   := -O3 -DHAVE_CONFIG_H=1 -DFREEIMAGE_LIB-isystem $(SYSROOT)/usr/include/ 
  2. Unfortunately, the Android NDK runtime library is missing the lfind() function used inside FreeImage (in the LibTIFF4 library, which is used in FreeImage). Here is its implementation:

    void* lfind( const void * key, const void * base, size_t num, size_t width, int (*fncomparison)(const void *, const void * ) )
      char* Ptr = (char*)base;
      for ( size_t i = 0; i != num; i++, Ptr+...