The Jack and Jill build system

29th October 2015 in London at Business Design Centre

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Earlier this year, Google announced the experimental Jack and Jill compilers for Android apps. The compilers replace the current Java and Dex compilers. They still translate Java source code to Dalvik bytecode, so at some level, it may seem like a small change. In this presentation, Eric will explore the implications for developers. How can you start using the compilers? What are the advantages? Are there any disadvantages? Eric will also share some insights in the underlying technology, such as the Gradle build process and the new Jayce bytecode representation. These changes may impact the Android ecosystem more profoundly.


The Jack and Jill build system

Eric Lafortune

Eric is the creator of the open-source optimizer and obfuscator ProGuard, and its commercial extension DexGuard. Eric is obsessed with making applications more compact, more efficient, and better protected against attacks. He is the founder and CTO of GuardSquare, where they put this obsession to good use.