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Android Development Environment


Perquisites of Android Development .

To get started building Android apps, download the Eclipse for java support , JDK 1.6 or later and ADT Plugin From this page, click the link to download the Android SDK. The button on the right should indicate the ADT bundle for your operating system, Windows, Mac, or Linux. When you click the button, you'll be shown the terms and conditions, the license agreement for this free software.

After reading through the terms and conditions, if you agree with them, check the appropriate check box. Then, if you're working on Windows, you'll need to choose either 32 or 64 bit software. If you're working on Mac OS 10, you'll only have 64 bit software available. I'm working on a 64 bit version of Windows, so I'll choose 64 bit and click to download link. You can download the bundle anywhere on your desktop. It'll be downloaded as a fairly large ZIP file.

To start up Eclipse for the first time, double click Eclipse with the Eclipse icon. When you launch Eclipse, you'll be asked to choose a work space. In Eclipse vocabulary, a workspace is a folder that keeps track of your projects. Typically, you'll place the projects as subfolders within the workspace. But you don't have to. They can actually go anywhere on your hard disk.The default location for the workspace folder is named workspace. And on Windows, it's placed under the home directory, and on Mac under the documents directory.

You can accept this default name, or you can use your own custom name. I'll create a work space named AndroidSDKws for work space. I'll click OK, and that starts up Eclipse. The first time you open Eclipse with the ADT, you'll see this screen, asking if you want to contribute usage statistics. This is an anonymous process, and is completely optional. After choosing your favorite option, click Finish, and that'll take you to the welcome screen.

This screen has a few links to various documentation resources. And also a button that you could click at this point to start your first Adroid app. I won't do that right now. I'll be showing you how to create your first app in a few movies. So I'll close the welcome screen and that takes me to the eclipse layout. So if you've gotten this far, and you're successfully runningEclipse with the ADT you're ready for the next step. Getting to know the Eclipse environment and setting up the SDK.

Downloading all the tools you'll need to build your android apps. iI explained below how to Download and install the each and every tool for running and developing your applications.

  1. JDK Installation
  2. Make sure that JDK is installed on the system and path fro JDK is set . You can download the JDK 6 or above from the Following link :

    http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html

  3. ADT installation
  4. Download and Install the ADT(Android Developer Tool) from the following link given below :

    http://developer.android.com/tools/sdk/eclipse-adt.html

  5. Eclipse IDE
  6. Download the eclipse IDE for Java from the given link as per your system support i.e. 32 bit or 64 bit os

    https://eclipse.org/downloads/

    Setting up of Development Environment

    Now your system is ready for the android application development. you need to follow the given steps for creating the development environment.
Set the path of JDK for windows

  1. Windows XP

    Select Start, select Control Panel. double click System, and select the Advanced tab. Click Environment Variables. In the section System Variables, find the PATH environment variable and select it. Click Edit. If the PATH environment variable does not exist, click New. In the Edit System Variable (or New System Variable) window, specify the value of the PATH environment variable. Click OK. Close all remaining windows by clicking OK.

  2. Windows Vista:

    From the desktop, right click the My Computer icon. Choose Properties from the context menu. Click the Advanced tab (Advanced system settings link in Vista). Click Environment Variables. In the section System Variables, find the PATH environment variable and select it. Click Edit. If the PATH environment variable does not exist, click New. In the Edit System Variable (or New System Variable) window, specify the value of the PATH environment variable. Click OK. Close all remaining windows by clicking OK.

  3. Windows 7:

    From the desktop, right click the Computer icon. Choose Properties from the context menu. Click the Advanced system settings link. Click Environment Variables. In the section System Variables, find the PATH environment variable and select it. Click Edit. If the PATH environment variable does not exist, click New. In the Edit System Variable (or New System Variable) window, specify the value of the PATH environment variable. Click OK. Close all remaining windows by clicking OK.

  4. Once you set the path of JDK you need to follow the following steps :
    • 1. Start Eclipse
    • 2.Go to Help----->select Install new software----------> got to right hand side click on Add button In Add button Dialog enter following Name = ADT Plugin Location = rar file or web Location of ADT plugin i.e. https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/
    • 3. Restart your Eclipse
    • 4. Now your eclipse is ready for developing the android application.
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