August 26, 2011

Beginning Programming for Android: Downloading the Development Kits

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Written by: Techno_Mark
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Last week, I discussed how to obtain a screenshot from an Android device. Today, I want to discuss something really important, and it is about possibly making Android application of your very own.

That’s right, you could be making your own Android applications, and starting today, if you like. You are going to need some programs that you can get for free. The first is Java JDK, which is attainable here, as well as Android SDK, which is available here. If you followed the instructions for getting a screenshot last week, then you should already have those programs on your computer.

Next you will need a program called Eclipse IDE (Integrated Development Environment) which is attainable at the Eclipse Download page here. Go ahead and pick Eclipse Classic 3.7 for Java Developers for either Windows 32 Bit or 64 Bit.

Eclipse will download as a zip file, and then you want to put a short of it on your desktop. Eventually, you will open up the Workspace launcher and create a workspace for yourself, which can be any name that you want.

Eventually, you are going to come to the Welcome Screen. You’ll notice that spotted area, with icons that represent a feature. From left to right, you will see the icons for Overview, What’s New, Samples, Tutorials, and Workbench. Go ahead and hit the Workbench one with the curved arrow, and you should see a screen similar to the one below.

Once you have Eclipse working, you should be able to get a plug-in known as Android Development Tools (ADT). It will help you creating an integrated environment for building Android Applications. Start by going to the Eclipse Menu Bar, where it says “Help”. Click there, and go to “Install New Software”.

You will see a new window click the button marked “Add”.

You will then see another window. Type something in the Name field, but https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse in the Location area.

You will then see a list of items under “Developer Tools” See Figure. Go ahead and select the ones you want, and hit “Next”. You can then review the software licenses and hit Finish.

Hit Restart Now.

You will want to help set the location of the SDK on Eclipse.

On the Menu bar, hit “Windows” and select “Preferences”.

You will see the button marked Android. Select it.

You can then set the SDK Location to C:\android\android-sdk-windows.

You should have Eclipse all set up, and I will tell you how you can get started programming next week.

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