Android: - How to Start Android Development? A Start up Guide for Workspace Installation

A Start up Guide for Workspace Installation : Android’s official website offers a very easy startup guide, but still for people who needed a simpler guide, I’d be guiding you trough the step by step process for workspace installation.

We’d be using Eclipse as our IDE for development purposes not only because its one of the best IDE’s, not only because its totally free, but also because its supported by Android by ADT plugins. So here we start:

The requirements for our Workspace:
  • Java JDK/JRE
  • Android SDK
  • Eclipse IDE
  • ADT Plugin for Eclipse
Before you can start developing Android applications, bu sure that you have installed Java on your machine. You can java from Oracle-Sun’s Official website.

Android SDK

We’ll definitely need the Android SDK installed before we can start developing our Android apps. You can download Android SDK from Android’s Developer Website.
Android SDK

Eclipse IDE

Eclipse is the most popular open source IDE for developers. It has plugin support from Android for development. You can get your Eclipse here.

ADT Plugin for Eclipse

To start Android development in eclipse you need to download the Android ADT plugin, and integrate it with eclipse. Get you Android ADT Plugin here.

1. Installation

Install Java on your machine, and extract out Eclipse to your preferred location. Create an Eclipse workspace. Now we’ll configure our ADT Plugin with Eclipse. For that we need to goto Help > Install New Software (or Help > Software Updates for Eclipse ganymede).
ADT Plugin Install
Now we can Add ADT Plugin in two ways: either by giving path of our downloaded ADT Plugin, or by having an Online installation. Just Click Add button to add our plugin to eclipse.
ADT Installation path
For local Archive browse for the location of the archive, else for online installation the path is:
eclipse install ADT pluggin
Click on OK then Next. by this we have installed our ADT Plugin into eclipse. Now we need to configure our plugin.

2. Configuring ADT Plugin

Goto Eclipse’s Window > Preferences and select Android from the left Panel. Browse for the Android SDK and locate the Downloaded SDK rfom your machine.
Configure ADT with SDK Path
Click Apply and then OK. Now our Eclipse is ready to work on Android. All we need is the Android platform Installed.

3. Installing Android Platform

The Android platform can also be installed in two ways like the ADT Pluggin. Either you can directly double Click on the Android SDK Manager (highlighted in Android SDK Image), or via Eclipse. For installing via Eclipse, Goto Eclipse’s Window > Android SDK and AVD Manager (this new option would be available now).
Installing Platform and AVD
You have three things in your left navigation panel: Virtual devices, Installed packages, and Available Packages. You can install any new platforms from the Available packages section. Installed packages shows the already installed packages. Probably now you wont be having ant packages installed, so you just need to install packages from the Available Packages section.
Installing Platform- part 2
If you already have packages installed you can move to our final step: AVD Configuration.

4. AVD Configuration

AVD is basically the Android Virtual Device, an emulator, where you can test your fine apps directly on your machine instead of exporting to the external phone each time. We can configure our AVD in these simple steps. In Eclipse’s Window > Android SDK and AVD Manager > Virtual Devices (left nav menu), click on New, and in the popup window, provide any Name for your plugin, and the version of Android you want to use for your testing purposes in Target field. Finally click on Create AVD button, and you are done. you are good to go. You Android Workspace has been configured.
Android Virtual Device
Android is a very interesting development platform, and is rapidly gaining its control over the market.
Coming up next … An Introduction Android Project and Overview of Eclipse’s Android Workspace. Be Tuned, Cheers !

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