Update: 5 july 2015 – See updated version of dockerfile at the end of post with new NDK / SSL / clang toolchain.
If you never heard of Docker be sure to check it out as fast as possible. There are lot of publications out there. At first it looks like another virtualisation software but it is actually more like new paradigm. Someone may call it very advanced chroot, someone may call virtual containers with version control and building scripts, and so on. I like it as the idea of application-centric containers – your application can keep whole operating system as a coating and its making perfect separation from outside influence. As well you can easily reproduce production process environment at another location. It makes virtualisation easy and fun.
Almost everything can be done inside containers now. Recently i had to recompile curl for Android as static lib using latest NDK toolchain. Its not so complicated to do on your local machine (if it is not Windows) but now there is a more clean way to do this time-wasting operation. You can go to digital ocean, create droplet with Docker and using Dockerfile from the end of this post compile it while drinking coffee.
Here is very simple way to setup immediate automatic upload of source code modifications to server via ssh. This gives you ability to perform live development and testing of your solutions. There are a lot of utilities to achieve this and you even can write some not-so-comlicated script doing recurrent compare of file modification times yourself – but there is very easy solution from Facebook, called watchman. To install it under OsX use Brew
Watchman will call upload script for each modified file – lets write this script and call it uploadauto.sh. It will be really short!
scp $1 $MYSERVER:~/folder/on/server/$1
I assume you have ssh keys on server and don’t do manual password entry. Put this script into the folder you want to synchronise. And finally we need to say to watchman to look over this folder and call our script when something changes:
watchman watch /Users/me/project1
watchman -- trigger /Users/me/project1 upload '*.*' -- ./uploadauto.sh
Replace here /Users/me/project1 with your folder name. upload is the name of the trigger. ‘*.*’ is the mask for files to be monitored. More information about trigger syntax can be found here.
And thats all!