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Re: [GSoC] Introduction and Project Discussion

Hi, I have submitted a draft proposal. [1]:

I would like to add something.

This is a large project with multiple sub-projects, and I'm willing to
work on either of those.
I have past experience with Android, being a maintainer multiple
devices for CyanogenMod, making them run on open source code, and
porting newer android versions to them.

My proposal includes a few of the suggested sub-projects, and I'm
ready to change those with something else to not overlap with another

I could work on a few from the below.
* SDK, and tools to build android 'apk's - updates, and new packages
* NDK - new package, for tools to create apps with native code (C/C++/etc).
* Android Studio - new package, IDE based on Intellij IDEA
* Emulator (and target platform) - for testing apps
* make all Android Tools packages build reproducibly - study existing
solutions, and apply them to current and newer packages.
* Continuous Integration tests for the above
* Third party tools for android development (such as apktool) -
updates, and new packages

The above list includes all but one from the wiki, which is:
"improve package build systems to be more tightly integrated with
upstream build systems"
I have interest in build systems in general, and have worked quite a
bit with android's make based system as well.
However, as discussed in earlier e-mails, it is currently undergoing a
You can currently build the AOSP master tree with a ninja based build system.
This would be something I would like to discuss further, say in the
community bonding period, or even before that.

Chirayu Desai

[1]: https://wiki.debian.org/SummerOfCode2016/StudentApplications/ChirayuDesai

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 2:41 AM, Hans-Christoph Steiner <hans@at.or.at> wrote:
> Chirayu Desai:
>> On Mon, Mar 21, 2016 at 3:30 PM, Hans-Christoph Steiner <hans@at.or.at> wrote:
>>> Hey Chirayu,
>>> Chirayu Desai:
>>>>> package new parts of the Android upstream source, including the NDK, target platforms, emulators, Android Studio, etc.
>>>> This would involve more repositories being pulled under android-tools/
>>>> It would be made easier by the fact that the NDK is less coupled with
>>>> the build system than other tools, and there is also a repo manifest
>>>> to build only the NDK - which doesn't fetch too many repos, especially
>>>> if you don't count the prebuilt toolchains [3]
>>> Since Debian always builds everything from source, the prebuilts will
>>> count too.  Unfortunately, those can be harder...
>> Right.
>> So that means even the prebuilt toolchains would have to be built from
>> their android fork?
>> That would be quite a bit of work.
>> Doable, but a lot to compile.
> Building everything from source is the end goal, but it is a large task,
> so it could make sense to provide some packages that download Android
> SDK/NDK binaries in an easy, automatic way (like the flash packages,
> some font packages, etc).  But everything in the main Debian
> repositories must be built entirely from source.
>>>>> package and improve related tools, like apktool, androguard, fdroidserver, drozer, etc.
>>>> Doable, probably much easier as they would likely be independent tools
>>>> then be something so tightly coupled as android.
>>>> Overall, I view this as a good challenge for me, given this is a part
>>>> of android I haven't worked too much with before. And that too for
>>>> debian, which is something I've only used.
>>>> It would be a great experience for me to be able to work with the
>>>> debian project, and contribute with the help of the android knowledge
>>>> I've gained over the years.
>>>> I'll upload a draft proposal to Google's site if the above looks okay
>>>> to you guys.
>>> Yes, sounds good, please upload a proposal!
>> I'll try to get it done by tonight, or tomorrow.
>> I have exams in college right now, so that is what I was busy with for
>> most of the day.
>> i do have two holidays coming up before the deadline though so I'll be
>> able to dedicate most of my time to this, and study things in detail
>> to write a proper proposal
> Ok, looking forward to it!
> .hc

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