Prepping Your Development Headquarters
In This Chapter
Becoming an Android application developer
Collecting your tools of the trade
Downloading and installing the Android software development kit
Getting and configuring Eclipse
Working with the Android development tools
All the software that you need to develop Android applications is free. That’s where the beauty of developing Android applications lies. The basic building blocks you need to develop rich Android applications — the tools, the frameworks, and even the source code — are free. No one gives you a free computer, but you get to set up your development environment and start developing applications for free, and you can’t beat free. Well, maybe you can — if someone pays you to write an Android application, but you’ll reach that point soon enough.
This chapter walks you through the necessary steps to install the tools and frameworks so that you can start building kick-butt Android applications.