Code Painters The Art of Coding

28Jan/130

Embedded Android from O’Reilly – finally!

I've just received an e-mail about a new update of "Embedded Android" e-book available. Finally! It took 15 months to write all the chapters (the first early preview from October 2011 contained only 4 chapters), browsing the PDF confirmed however that it was worth waiting. If you're serious about Android development, this book is a must!

3May/120

Embedded Android from O’Reilly is coming!

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There are dozens of books about Android application development published already, adding little value to what can be found in the official Android developer's guide. On the other hand, no single book has been published until now (as far as I know) about porting and customizing the platform itself, making AOSP site and mailing lists the only sources of information. This situation is going to change with Embedded Android: Porting, Extending, and Customizing by Karim Yaghmour coming from O'Reilly in June.

The first four chapters of the book are already available directly from O'Reilly (digital Early Release). What's available now is already worth looking at, let me describe the contents briefly. Continue reading…

7Apr/120

Raspberry Pi has passed the EMC testing!

Eventually some good news about the so long awaited Raspberry Pi - it passed the EMC testing! The announcement also includes a funny story about Ethernet communication testing troubles, thanks to the hub being susceptible to the EM radiation :) Well, testing gets hard if you can't trust the tools…

I hope that the boards assigned to Qt on Raspberry Pi program will be available soon!

15Feb/120

Flashing LPC1342/43 from Linux

The LPC1342/43 bootloader code is a great feature, allowing for firmware upgrades over USB with no additional hardware (given USB socket is there). Simply pull PIO0_1 low, reset the chip and it enumerates as a mass storage USB device. Copy over the firmware binary and you're done. Cool, isn't it? At least in theory, as my first attempt to flash the MCU using my Linux box simply failed - the firmware got corrupted. Continue reading…