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Contraption

Contraption is my project to create a GNU-based software overlay on top of Android for the Beagle Board. It simplifies porting traditional GNU-based code to a platform that otherwise omits the usual GNU infrastructure. It is definitely a work in progress, but I've had some success in porting tools like busybox, bash, strace, and dropbear (ssh/scp), as well as my Diminuto library and toolkit. I've gotten all of this working using dynamic linking by hosting the necessary shared objects from the Code Sourcery tool chain in the root file system. Traditional Linux developers may cheer. Android developers are probably appalled.

BeagleBoard xM Rev C

Here are some articles that my alter-ego, Chip Overclock, has written about Contraption:

Presentation: Implications of Memory Consistency (or Lack of It) Models for Java, C++, and C Developers (more)

Seminar Review: Jack Ganssle, Better Firmware Faster, 2006 (more)

Article: Vaster than Empires and More Slow: The Dimensions of Scalability (more)

Article: In Praise of do-while (false) (more)

Book Review: Joel Spolsky, Best Software Writing I, Apress, 2005 (more)

Presentation: Robert Austin, Measuring and Managing Performance in Organizations, Dorset House, 1996 (more)

Book Review: Joel Spolsky, Joel on Software, Apress, 2004 (more)

Presentation: James Surowiecki, The Wisdom of Crowds, Doubleday, 2004 (more)

Travelogue: China Journal: Dancing with a Sleeping Giant (more)

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