Finally I found time to start looking at Android development. In the past I have been developing mobile applications on Java ME, Windows Mobile and Windows Phone 7, now it’s time to have a look at the Android platform. In this post I will describe what you need to do to get started with Android development.
At developers.android.com there is a good Quick Start guide explaining step by step what you need to do to get started:
- Start with installing JDK 6
- Download Eclipse Classic 3.6.1 and unzip it on your disk (I unzipped it to location c:\eclipse) Updated 9th Nov: There are know issues with the ADT plugin running on Eclipse 3.6, so to be safe download Eclipse 3.5. Thank you Robert Peterson for letting me know.
- Download Android SDK (for Windows platform in my case) and unzip it on your disk (I unzipped it to location c:\android sdk)
- Add the android sdk location to your path
- Install the Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin in Eclipse. Remote update/install site:
- Add Android platforms and components to your SDK by running the SDK Manager. I chose accept all and install, this will give me all available Android platforms and components including Google API, Usb driver, samples and documentation.
You have now installed all you need and you can now follow the steps below to create your Android project and run the application from Eclipse. Once again developers.android.com have a good tutorial on how to create Hello World application: Continue reading »