Development Environment

Lesson 2

1.    Android Development Environment

Key Skills & Concepts
  • Selecting a development environment
  • Downloading Eclipse
  • Installing and configuring Eclipse

Android applications are developed in Java. Android itself is not a language, but rather an environment within which to run applications. As such, you can theoretically use any distribution or integrated development environment (IDE) you have at your disposal to begin your development. In fact, you can choose to use no IDE at all.

Following is the list of software's you will need before you start your Android application programming.

  • Java JDK5 or JDK6
  • Android SDK
  • Eclipse IDE for Java Developers (optional)
  • Android Development Tools (ADT) Eclipse Plugin (optional)

The last two components are optional and if you are working on Windows machine then these components make your life easy while doing Java based application development. So let us have a look how to proceed to set required environment.

Step 1 - Setup Java Development Kit (JDK)

Step 2 - Setup Android SDK

Step 3 - Setup Eclipse IDE

Step 4 - Setup Android Development Tools (ADT) Plugin

Step 5 - Create Android Virtual Device

Go to library to get free materials on both Android and iOS development environments.

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