Android SDK

Thought I’d have a look at Android SDK.  This is a Java based SDK so it’ll be new ground for me.  I’ll be using Eclipse to do the development to save me time.

Firstly I looked on the Android website which has a quick start guide and also this lengthier version.  Basically it says download and install the following (I’m using Windows Vista for this as this is my fastest PC):

  1. Java JDK (6 update 18 when I’m writing this)
    • simply double click the executable to install like any other application
    • takes a good 5+ minutes
  2. Eclipse IDE for Java Development (3.5 – SR2 at the moment)
    • just copy to c:\ or someone else you like
    • took me a couple of minutes to copy
  3. Android SDK (r 05)
    • unzip the file
    • Set your PATH to include the Android SDK’s path. In my case “C:\android-sdk-windows”
  4. Run Eclipse (c:\eclipse\eclipse.exe) and install ADT and tie it to the SDK
    • See the ADT information on how to install the ADT (this takes ages to sort out dependencies and then finally install) using Help > Install New Software …
    • Use Window > Preferences, then Android to set the SDK Location. In my case was “C:\android-sdk-windows”
    • Select WindowAndroid SDK and AVD Manager
  5. Now you can add Android Platform and other components
    • I don’t have an Android device so I could have left the USB driver but I installed Platform & Documentation for Android 2.1 API7 R1 and the USB Driver package r3.  I did not install the Google APIs.
    • wait another age for stuff to download
    • create a virtual device ready for the hello world tutorial

Now to get Hello World to run.

I got the HelloAndroid app set up (using the example above). If you have the welcome page in Eclipse you can click on the X to close it.  It took a little while to boot the emulator up (4 minutes or so) the first time.  Second time still took a minute or so to get it running.  Finally, when the emulator was up, it took a matter of seconds to connect to the virtual device and then run and even debug the test app.


In my travels I came across another site via the Eclipse website that gives the same instruction as the Android Dev website but adds a little more to how he got started.  See Android Development with Eclipse

And rest…..


One Response

  1. the latest NDK brings OpenGL ES 2.0

    Thanks God, there’s no more reason for using Java now…

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