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A tiny cloud in Android

Nov 20, 2009, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Zimmerly)

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"Android is a special distribution of the Linux® operating system, designed to manage the kind of functionality you expect in the smartest of smart phones. To a programmer, everything in Linux — a device, a spreadsheet, or a favorite song — appears as a file. That is, there is a common set of ways to open, extract, manipulate, and save the information content of these diverse and abstract entities. And this commonality forms the core principle of the UNIX® philosophy: Everything is a file.

"Files are grouped into useful hierarchies called file systems. An Android cell phone typically has two file systems: the non-volatile memory of the cell phone and the SD card plugged into it. Both appear as branches off the root directory (/). A tool that enabled you to browse these file systems conveniently from your browser could prove useful. This project defines a small program, written in the native language of C, that communicates as a Web server and enables you to browse the Android cell phone's file systems from your workstation or straight from the built-in browser of the cell phone itself. It provides pages with hyperlinks that enable you to move up and down the hierarchical tree. By clicking various file types listed, you can view the individual items."

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