Build fast and efficient Android apps that run as reliably as clockwork in a multi-device world About This Book Wide coverage of various topics that help in developing optimal applications Explore the concepts of Advanced Native Coding in depth A must-have for professional-standard Android developers for whom performance failures and the sloppy use of resources are simply unacceptable Who This Book Is For This book is aimed at developers with an advanced knowledge of Android and who want to test their skills and learn new techniques to increase the performance of their applications. We assume they are comfortable working with the entire Android SDK, and have been doing it for a few years. They need to be familiar with frameworks such as NDK to use native code, which is crucial for app performance What You Will Learn Create Android applications that squeeze the most from the limited resource capacity of devices Swap code that isn't performing Efficient memory management by identifying problems such as leaks Reap the benefits of multithreaded and asynchronous programming Maximize the security and encryption mechanisms natively provided by Android Perform efficient network operations and techniques to retrieve data from servers Master the NDK to write native code that can perform faster operations In Detail Performant applications are one of the key drivers of success in the mobile world. Users may abandon an app if it runs slowly. Learning how to build applications that balance speed and performance with functionality and UX can be a challenge; however, it's now more important than ever to get that balance right. Android High Performance will start you thinking about how to wring the most from any hardware your app is installed on, so you can increase your reach and engagement. The book begins by providing an introduction to state–of-the-art Android techniques and the importance of performance in an Android application. Then, we will explain the Android SDK tools regularly used to debug and profile Android applications. We will also learn about some advanced topics such as building layouts, multithreading, networking, and security. Battery life is one of the biggest bottlenecks in applications; and this book will show typical examples of code that exhausts battery life, how to prevent this, and how to measure battery consumption from an application in every kind of situation to ensure your apps don't drain more than they should. This book explains techniques for building optimized and efficient systems that do not drain the battery, cause memory leaks, or slow down with time. Style and approach The book follows a tutorial-based approach to take the reader from the basic fundamentals of debugging to advanced performance-improvement concepts.
Author: Enrique Lopez Manas,Diego Grancini
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Unique and clever ideas are important when building a hot-selling Android app, but the real drivers for success are speed, efficiency, and power management. With this practical guide, you’ll learn the major performance issues confronting Android app developers, and the tools you need to diagnose problems early. Customers are finally realizing that apps have a major role in the performance of their Android devices. Author Doug Sillars not only shows you how to use Android-specific testing tools from companies including Google, Qualcomm, and AT&T, but also helps you explore potential remedies. You’ll discover ways to build apps that run well on all 19,000 Android device types in use. Understand how performance issues affect app sales and retention Build an Android device lab to maximize UI, functional, and performance testing Improve the way your app interacts with device hardware Optimize your UI for fast rendering, scrolling, and animations Track down memory leaks and CPU issues that affect performance Upgrade communications with the server, and learn how your app performs on slower networks Apply Real User Monitoring (RUM) to ensure that every device is delivering the optimal user experience
Improve Ratings with Speed, Optimizations, and Testing
Author: Doug Sillars
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
This book is for programmers and developers who want to improve the performance of their R programs by making them run faster with large data sets or who are trying to solve a pesky performance problem.
Author: Aloysius Lim,William Tjhi
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Boost the performance of your Haskell applications using optimization, concurrency, and parallel programming About This Book Explore the benefits of lazy evaluation, compiler features, and tools and libraries designed for high performance Write fast programs at extremely high levels of abstraction Work through practical examples that will help you address the challenges of writing efficient code Who This Book Is For To get the most out of this book, you need to have a working knowledge of reading and writing basic Haskell. No knowledge of performance, optimization, or concurrency is required. What You Will Learn Program idiomatic Haskell that's also surprisingly efficient Improve performance of your code with data parallelism, inlining, and strictness annotations Profile your programs to identify space leaks and missed opportunities for optimization Find out how to choose the most efficient data and control structures Optimize the Glasgow Haskell Compiler and runtime system for specific programs See how to smoothly drop to lower abstractions wherever necessary Execute programming for the GPU with Accelerate Implement programming to easily scale to the cloud with Cloud Haskell In Detail Haskell, with its power to optimize the code and its high performance, is a natural candidate for high performance programming. It is especially well suited to stacking abstractions high with a relatively low performance cost. This book addresses the challenges of writing efficient code with lazy evaluation and techniques often used to optimize the performance of Haskell programs. We open with an in-depth look at the evaluation of Haskell expressions and discuss optimization and benchmarking. You will learn to use parallelism and we'll explore the concept of streaming. We'll demonstrate the benefits of running multithreaded and concurrent applications. Next we'll guide you through various profiling tools that will help you identify performance issues in your program. We'll end our journey by looking at GPGPU, Cloud and Functional Reactive Programming in Haskell. At the very end there is a catalogue of robust library recommendations with code samples. By the end of the book, you will be able to boost the performance of any app and prepare it to stand up to real-world punishment. Style and approach This easy-to-follow guide teaches new practices and techniques to optimize your code, and then moves towards more advanced ways to effectively write efficient Haskell code. Small and simple practical examples will help you test the concepts yourself, and you will be able to easily adapt them for any application.
Author: Samuli Thomasson
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Authors Jim Jeffers and James Reinders spent two years helping educate customers about the prototype and pre-production hardware before Intel introduced the first Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. They have distilled their own experiences coupled with insights from many expert customers, Intel Field Engineers, Application Engineers and Technical Consulting Engineers, to create this authoritative first book on the essentials of programming for this new architecture and these new products. This book is useful even before you ever touch a system with an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor. To ensure that your applications run at maximum efficiency, the authors emphasize key techniques for programming any modern parallel computing system whether based on Intel Xeon processors, Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, or other high performance microprocessors. Applying these techniques will generally increase your program performance on any system, and better prepare you for Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors and the Intel MIC architecture. A practical guide to the essentials of the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor Presents best practices for portable, high-performance computing and a familiar and proven threaded, scalar-vector programming model Includes simple but informative code examples that explain the unique aspects of this new highly parallel and high performance computational product Covers wide vectors, many cores, many threads and high bandwidth cache/memory architecture
Author: James Jeffers,James Reinders
High Performance Computing: Programming and Applications presents techniques that address new performance issues in the programming of high performance computing (HPC) applications. Omitting tedious details, the book discusses hardware architecture concepts and programming techniques that are the most pertinent to application developers for achieving high performance. Even though the text concentrates on C and Fortran, the techniques described can be applied to other languages, such as C++ and Java. Drawing on their experience with chips from AMD and systems, interconnects, and software from Cray Inc., the authors explore the problems that create bottlenecks in attaining good performance. They cover techniques that pertain to each of the three levels of parallelism: Message passing between the nodes Shared memory parallelism on the nodes or the multiple instruction, multiple data (MIMD) units on the accelerator Vectorization on the inner level After discussing architectural and software challenges, the book outlines a strategy for porting and optimizing an existing application to a large massively parallel processor (MPP) system. With a look toward the future, it also introduces the use of general purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs) for carrying out HPC computations. A companion website at www.hybridmulticoreoptimization.com contains all the examples from the book, along with updated timing results on the latest released processors.
Programming and Applications
Author: John Levesque,Gene Wagenbreth
Publisher: CRC Press
Android Programming Unleashed is the most comprehensive and technically sophisticated guide to best-practice Android development with today's powerful new versions of Android: 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Offering the exceptional breadth and depth developers have come to expect from the Unleashed series, it covers everything programmers need to know to develop robust, high-performance Android apps that deliver a superior user experience. Leading developer trainer Bintu Harwani begins with basic UI controls, then progresses to more advanced topics, finally covering how to develop feature rich Android applications that can access Internet-based services and store data. He illuminates each important SDK component through complete, self-contained code examples that show developers the most effective ways to build production-ready code. Coverage includes: understanding the modern Android platform from the developer's standpoint… using widgets, containers, resources, selection widgets, dialogs, and fragments… supporting actions and persistence… incorporating menus, ActionBars, content providers, and databases… integrating media and animations… using web, map, and other services… supporting communication via messaging, contacts, and emails… publishing Android apps, and much more.
Author: B.M. Harwani
Publisher: Sams Publishing
Your Python code may run correctly, but you need it to run faster. By exploring the fundamental theory behind design choices, this practical guide helps you gain a deeper understanding of Python’s implementation. You’ll learn how to locate performance bottlenecks and significantly speed up your code in high-data-volume programs. How can you take advantage of multi-core architectures or clusters? Or build a system that can scale up and down without losing reliability? Experienced Python programmers will learn concrete solutions to these and other issues, along with war stories from companies that use high performance Python for social media analytics, productionized machine learning, and other situations. Get a better grasp of numpy, Cython, and profilers Learn how Python abstracts the underlying computer architecture Use profiling to find bottlenecks in CPU time and memory usage Write efficient programs by choosing appropriate data structures Speed up matrix and vector computations Use tools to compile Python down to machine code Manage multiple I/O and computational operations concurrently Convert multiprocessing code to run on a local or remote cluster Solve large problems while using less RAM
Practical Performant Programming for Humans
Author: Micha Gorelick,Ian Ozsvald
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Beginning Android Games, Second Edition offers everything you need to join the ranks of successful Android game developers, including Android tablet game app development considerations. You'll start with game design fundamentals and programming basics, and then progress toward creating your own basic game engine and playable game apps that work on Android and earlier version compliant smartphones and now tablets. This will give you everything you need to branch out and write your own Android games. The potential user base and the wide array of available high-performance devices makes Android an attractive target for aspiring game developers. Do you have an awesome idea for the next break-through mobile gaming title? Beginning Android Games will help you kick-start your project. This book will guide you through the process of making several example game apps using APIs available in new Android SDK and earlier SDK releases for Android smartphones and tablets: The fundamentals of game development and design suitable for Android smartphones and tablets The Android platform basics to apply those fundamentals in the context of making a game, including new File Manager system and better battery life management The design of 2D and 3D games and their successful implementation on the Android platform This book lets developers see and use some Android SDK Jelly Bean; however, this book is structured so that app developers can use earlier Android SDK releases. This book is backward compatible like the Android SDK.
Author: Robert Green,Mario Zechner
Presents instructions for creating Android applications for mobile devices using Java.
Author: Zigurd Mednieks,Laird Dornin,G. Blake Meike,Masumi Nakamura
Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."
Design and develop high performing programs with Julia About This Book Learn to code high reliability and high performance programs Stand out from the crowd by developing code that runs faster than your peers' codes This book is intended for developers who are interested in high performance technical programming. Who This Book Is For This book is for beginner and intermediate Julia programmers who are interested in high performance technical computing. You will have a basic familiarity with Julia syntax, and have written some small programs in the language. What You Will Learn Discover the secrets behind Julia's speed Get a sense of the possibilities and limitations of Julia's performance Analyze the performance of Julia programs Measure the time and memory taken by Julia programs Create fast machine code using Julia's type information Define and call functions without compromising Julia's performance Understand number types in Julia Use Julia arrays to write high performance code Get an overview of Julia's distributed computing capabilities In Detail Julia is a high performance, high-level dynamic language designed to address the requirements of high-level numerical and scientific computing. Julia brings solutions to the complexities faced by developers while developing elegant and high performing code. Julia High Performance will take you on a journey to understand the performance characteristics of your Julia programs, and enables you to utilize the promise of near C levels of performance in Julia. You will learn to analyze and measure the performance of Julia code, understand how to avoid bottlenecks, and design your program for the highest possible performance. In this book, you will also see how Julia uses type information to achieve its performance goals, and how to use multuple dispatch to help the compiler to emit high performance machine code. Numbers and their arrays are obviously the key structures in scientific computing – you will see how Julia's design makes them fast. The last chapter will give you a taste of Julia's distributed computing capabilities. Style and approach This is a hands-on manual that will give you good explanations about the important concepts related to Julia programming.
Author: Avik Sengupta
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Master the skills you need to develop portable, highly-functional Android applications using NDK About This Book Develop portable games using Android NDK and debug them on your desktop Familiarise yourself with different popular C++ libraries on Android and use them in your games Write multi-threaded code with graphics, sound, networking, and resource storage Who This Book Is For If you want to leverage your C++ skills in mobile development and increase the performance of your Android applications, then this is the book for you. Knowledge of C or C++ is assumed, including pointer manipulation, multi-threading, object-oriented programming concepts, and the basics of C++11. It would be an added advantage if you know how to develop applications without any IDE. What You Will LearnWhat You Will Learn Explore popular C++ libraries and use them on Android Write portable, multithreaded native networking code Create portable audio framework using OpenAL Implement portable rendering framework using OpenGL ES 3 Debug mobile applications on your desktop machine Access resources from APK archives Render text with FreeType In Detail Android NDK is used for multimedia applications that require direct access to system resources. NDK is also the key for portability, which in turn allows a reasonably comfortable development and debugging process using familiar tools such as GCC and Clang toolchains. This is a hands-on guide to extending your game development skills with Android NDK. The book takes you through many clear, step-by-step example applications to help you further explore the features of Android NDK and some popular C++ libraries and boost your productivity by debugging the development process. Through the course of this book, you will learn how to write portable multi-threaded native code, use HTTP networking in C++, play audio files, use OpenGL ES 3, and render high-quality text. Each chapter aims to take you one step closer to building your application. By the end of this book, you will be able to create an engaging, complete gaming application. Style and approach This book adopts a step-by-step approach and each chapter is based on the material from the previous ones. The book focuses on putting to your knowledge of C++ use while you develop Android applications of your own.
Author: Sergey Kosarevsky,Viktor Latypov
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
An exciting, easy-to-follow guide illustrating the techniques to boost the performance of Python code, and their applications with plenty of hands-on examples. If you are a programmer who likes the power and simplicity of Python and would like to use this language for performance-critical applications, this book is ideal for you. All that is required is a basic knowledge of the Python programming language. The book will cover basic and advanced topics so will be great for you whether you are a new or a seasoned Python developer.
Author: Gabriele Lanaro
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Find out how to write Kotlin code without overhead and how to use different profiling tools and bytecode viewer to inspect expressions of Kotlin language. Key Features Apply modern Kotlin features to speed up processing and implement highly efficient and reliable codes. Learn memory optimization, concurrency, multi-threading, scaling, and caching techniques to achieve high performance. Learn how to prevent unnecessary overhead and use profiling tools to detect performance issues. Book Description The ease with which we write applications has been increasing, but with it comes the need to address their performance. A balancing act between easily implementing complex applications and keeping their performance optimal is a present-day requirement In this book, we explore how to achieve this crucial balance, while developing and deploying applications with Kotlin. The book starts by analyzing various Kotlin specifcations to identify those that have a potentially adverse effect on performance. Then, we move on to monitor techniques that enable us to identify performance bottlenecks and optimize performance metrics. Next, we look at techniques that help to us achieve high performance: memory optimization, concurrency, multi threading, scaling, and caching. We also look at fault tolerance solutions and the importance of logging. We'll also cover best practices of Kotlin programming that will help you to improve the quality of your code base. By the end of the book, you will have gained some insight into various techniques and solutions that will help to create high-performance applications in the Kotlin environment What you will learn Understand the importance of high performance Learn performance metrics Learn popular design patterns currently being used in Kotlin Understand how to apply modern Kotlin features to data processing Learn how to use profling tools Discover how to read bytecode Learn to perform memory optimizations Uncover approaches to the multithreading environment Who this book is for This book is for Kotlin developers who would like to build reliable and high-performance applications. Prior Kotlin programming knowledge is assumed.
Overcome performance difficulties in Kotlin with a range of exciting techniques and solutions
Author: Igor Kucherenko
Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd
Take performance to the next level!
Author: Ben Watson
Publisher: Ben Watson
This book does not just teach you how the CLR works---it teaches you exactly what you need to do now to obtain the best performance today. It will expertly guide you through the nuts and bolts of extreme performance optimization in .NET, complete with in-depth examinations of CLR functionality, free tool recommendations and tutorials, useful anecdotes, and step-by-step guides to measure and improve performance.
This second edition incorporates the advances and improvements in .NET over the last few years, as well as greatly expanded coverage of tools, more topics, more tutorials, more tips, and improvements throughout the entire book.
New in the 2nd Edition:
- 50% increase in content!
- New examples, code samples, and diagrams throughout entire book
- More ways to analyze the heap and find memory problems
- More tool coverage, including expanded usage of Visual Studio
- More benchmarking
- New GC configuration options
- Code warmup techniques
- New .NET features such as ref-returns, value tuples, SIMD, and more
- More detailed analysis of LINQ
- Tips for high-level feature areas such as ASP.NET, ADO.NET, and WPF
Also find expanded coverage and discover new tips and tricks for:
- Profiling with multiple tools to quickly find problem areas
- Detailed description of the garbage collector, how to optimize your code for it, and how to diagnose difficult memory-related issues
- How to analyze JIT and diagnose warmup problems
- Effective use of the Task Parallel Library to maximize throughput
- Which .NET features and APIs to use and which to avoid
- Instrument your program with performance counters and ETW events
- Use the latest and greatest .NET features
- Build a performance-minded team
- ...and so much more
Write efficient, clean, and powerful Scala code and create high-performing applications that your users will loveAbout This Book*This is the first book that explores Scala performance techniques in depth, including how to benchmark your performance so you can understand where to make gains*It provides a first-principles examination of what performance means in a Scala context*This book was written by industry experts Vincent Theron and Michael DiamantWho This Book Is ForIf you are a Scala developer with experience in programming Scala applications and know the basics in Scala, syntax, and frameworks such as Lift or Play, this book is for you. This book will also be useful if you are a Java developer who is interested in switching to Scala, but you don't want to give up the performance of Java code. No knowledge of anything outside Scala is required.What You Will Learn*Find out about performance and how to evaluate the behavior of an application*Analyze the performance of your application on JVM*Use Scala features to achieve a high performance benchmark for your application*Enhance the performance of your application with the Collection API*Explore asynchronous programming to achieve concurrency and parallelism*Achieve a deeper understanding of high performance using advanced toolsIn DetailScala is a statically and strongly typed language that tries to elegantly blend both functional and object-oriented paradigms. It has experienced growing popularity in the past few years as both an appealing and pragmatic choice to write production-ready software in the functional paradigm. Scala lets you solve problems with less code than the alternatives. However, this programmatic gain can come at the cost of performance if you aren't careful.Scala High Performance Programming is written to arm you with the knowledge you need to create highly efficient, clean Scala applications. Starting with the basics of understanding what performance is in a Scala context, we'll look at how to benchmark your performance so you can see the results of your optimizations in action. We'?ll also take a deep dive into type specialization, concurrency, and parallel programming. By the end of the book, you'll be able to code efficient, optimized, solutions in Scala.
Author: Vincent Theron,Michael Diamant
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Learn to build human-interactive Android apps, starting with device sensors This book shows Android developers how to exploit the rich set of device sensors—locational, physical (temperature, pressure, light, acceleration, etc.), cameras, microphones, and speech recognition—in order to build fully human-interactive Android applications. Whether providing hands-free directions or checking your blood pressure, Professional Android Sensor Programming shows how to turn possibility into reality. The authors provide techniques that bridge the gap between accessing sensors and putting them to meaningful use in real-world situations. They not only show you how to use the sensor related APIs effectively, they also describe how to use supporting Android OS components to build complete systems. Along the way, they provide solutions to problems that commonly occur when using Android's sensors, with tested, real-world examples. Ultimately, this invaluable resource provides in-depth, runnable code examples that you can then adapt for your own applications. Shows experienced Android developers how to exploit the rich set of Android smartphone sensors to build human-interactive Android apps Explores Android locational and physical sensors (including temperature, pressure, light, acceleration, etc.), as well as cameras, microphones, and speech recognition Helps programmers use the Android sensor APIs, use Android OS components to build complete systems, and solve common problems Includes detailed, functional code that you can adapt and use for your own applications Shows you how to successfully implement real-world solutions using each class of sensors for determining location, interpreting physical sensors, handling images and audio, and recognizing and acting on speech Learn how to write programs for this fascinating aspect of mobile app development with Professional Android Sensor Programming.
Author: Greg Milette,Adam Stroud
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons