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Developing for Android: HTML5 and Qt

Recently read a post by my friend and ex-collegue Sai Geetha on her very famous Android blog. I am now reading her blog to start learning a bit about Android development. In her most recent post, she has listed 4 ways for developing in Android.

1. Using the Software Development Kit (SDK) with Java
2. Native Development Kit using C / C ++.
3. RenderScript using C99 - used to write faster graphics code like the Google Books page turn animation etc.
4. Android Scripting Layer using Python etc.

Just thought I'll extend the above further and add a couple of thoughts to this list...

The trend now and what is gaining a lot of traction is developing cross platform apps. So you develop once and can deploy it on multiple platforms. Java showed this promise earlier, but is slowly making way for the newer and greater things out there. One should see how the recently released Java7 will perform. And Java is still the greatest thing for Android development today. Java is also the recommended w…

India's first KDE conference

This article was published in Qt Blogs here. Thanks to Alexandra and Qt Community for the same!

I recently attended conf.KDE.in at the RV College of Engineering in Bangalore. It was the first KDE conference ever held in India, and it was followed up with two days of code sprints attended by over 300+ people. I’m pretty late with this write up, but better now than never.

KDE-India is a growing group of volunteers totally committed to contributing to and popularizing FOSS in India. The event was primarily focussed on introducing KDE and Qt to young developers still studying engineering butof course there were also a fair number of professionals like me.

In short, above all else, it was tons of fun. I networked with people, shared knowledge, promoted the Qt DevNet India group and even had the chance to watch live break dancing on stage – not once but twice! That’s Knut Yrvin for you, a great speaker with some special gifts needed for a Community Manager.

There were great sessions held over 3…