[sword-devel] Android SWORD
mjdenham at gmail.com
Sun Jun 13 01:30:54 MST 2010
Apologies, I was a bit confused regarding the different projects. The above
was my first post to *Sword forums. I incorrectly thought that JSword,
Sword and other Crosswire forums would be worked on by the same people. I
have now joined the JSword-dev list which I had not spotted before.
Whether the back end is built based on Sword or JSword it might be
worthwhile combining with the Java Jsword guys for the front end which I
think has to be in Java.
I may download your apk and try it out. I can put my code/build somewhere
if you want but it's still in a state of great flux.
On 13 June 2010 04:54, Troy A. Griffitts <scribe at crosswire.org> wrote:
> Great news on your success of getting JSword to build on Android. I'm
> sure the JSword mailing list would be interested to hear about your
> I'm not sure about the speed. I will add a primitive search box to my
> test app and let you know how long a complete search of the KJV (a
> heavily marked up Bible) takes on my G1.
> On 06/09/2010 05:28 AM, mjdenham wrote:
> > Hi Troy,
> > I just thought I would mention that I have also been playing around with
> > Android.
> > I have spent the last few weeks creating a prototype bible viewer
> > application for Android, but I just noticed Troy's messages in this
> > I took a slightly different technical approach to you and I don't know
> > is better and I also came at this project with the aim of creating a
> > bible viewer I could tweak and improve rather than specifically to write
> > Android front end for Sword. By way of information I thought I would
> > outline my approach and what led me to start.
> > I have used Pocket e-Sword for many years but development has now ceased
> > Pocket e-Sword and it is already looking a bit old, as is WinMob that it
> > runs on, so I started thinking what to use in the future. Although I
> > using Pocket e-sword there were one or two things that I would have loved
> > change if I had access to the source but the source was closed. Most
> > bible apps seem to be closed source and many charge money or depend on
> > on-line so I began to think about writing my own. I have been writing
> > code for a living since the 90's. I looked at Java ME which
> > is not supported by recent, popular, trend-setting phones like iPhone and
> > Android and started going that route but there doesn't seem to be much
> > buzz around Java ME at the moment. I briefly thought of iPhone but
> > to learn Objective-C, buy a Mac, and bend over backwards to get the app
> > App Store. Then I realised that Google have built Android primarily for
> > Java Applications and Gartner predict that by 2012 Android will outsell
> > iPhone so I downloaded the Android SDK and am impresed by the application
> > framework Google have put into Android. Incidentally I went to a
> > fascinating talk on Android by Reto Meier yesterday evening.
> > As Android hosts Java apps so well it seemed a good idea to use java
> > to back so I downloaded the jSword and sword-Common projects back-end to
> > serve the OSIS documents and started creating a Java front-end for jsword
> > Android so I have now been doing that for the last couple of weeks off
> > on. I included the jsword and common jars in my Android app and
> > the xslt template I found in bible-desktop and now have a basic bible
> > app.
> > Troy, I am interested to see that you use jni to access a C back-end. Is
> > that right? Does this give better performance or is there another
> > In the front end I am currently using a TextView but briefly used a
> > which has better html support. I may have to switch back to WebView. I
> > tried to copy the PocketSword verse selection screen but failed so I am
> > using 3 combos for now.
> > I haven't used Crosswire code before and it took me a while to get used
> > OSIS and jsword but the code looks great and I am now familiar enough
> > jsword to find my way around the necessary parts.
> > Here is a screen print of the current state:
> > http://sword-dev.350566.n4.nabble.com/file/n2248754/android-bible1.jpg
> > For now I am still happily trying to improve on the prototype but I could
> > switch and contribute to a central project with others. My only aim is
> > create a good open source bible I can tweak and that others may find
> > too.
> > Best regards
> > Martin
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