Getting Setup To Develop Android Apps

These are the steps that I took to get my computer (running Vista) setup for developing Android Apps.

Step One: Install JDK (Version 5 or 6). (Download From Here)

I installed JDK 6 Update 21.

Step Two: Install the Android SDK. (Download From Here)

  1. Run the SDK Setup.exe.
  2. Click on Available Packages.
  3. Select the checkbox next to https//dll-ssl.google.com/android/repository/repository.xml.
  4. Select a specific package(s) or Install All. You need at least one platform so that you can setup an Android Virtual Device (AVD) to run in the emulator. I installed all but I only use SDK Platform Android 2.1 since that is what is on the Ally. The USB Driver is only needed if you are developing on Windows and you have an Android device that you will use to install your app for debugging and testing.
  5. Click on the Install Selected button.

Remember where you install the SDK, you will need that information when you configure the Android Plugin.

Step Three: Install Eclipse (Version 3.5) (Download From Here)

I installed Eclipse Galileo Classic 3.5.2.

Step Four: Install Android Plugin for Eclipse

  1. Start Eclipse.
  2. Click on the Help menu.
  3. Click on Install New Software.
  4. Click the Add button in the Available Software.
  5. Enter “Android Plugin” for name.
  6. Enter https://dl-ssl.googl…ndroid/eclipse/—– If you have trouble acquiring the plugin, try to use http instead of https.
  7. Click the OK button.
  8. Select the checkbox next to Developer Tools.
  9. Click the Next button. (Twice)
  10. Accept the license agreement.
  11. Click Finish.
  12. Restart Eclipse.

Step Five: Configure the Android Plugin

  1. Click on the Window menu.
  2. Select Preferences.
  3. Click on Android in the left panel.
  4. Click on the Browse button.
  5. Locate your SDK directory – This is the path to where you installed the Android SDK.
  6. Click on the Apply button.
  7. Click on OK.

Step Six: Install the USB Drivers (Windows Only)
Note: See my post below for installing the USB Drivers using PDANet.
Note: Every computer is a little different and the steps listed here may or may not work for your computer. A more complete set of instructions is available here: developer.android.com

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