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Android Application Development For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Donn Felker, Michael Burton

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Installing and Configuring Your Support Tools

It’s time to put these exciting Android concepts into action, but before you can do so, you need to install and configure a few tools, including the software development kits (SDKs):

check.png Java JDK: Lays the foundation for the Android SDK.

check.png Android SDK: Provides access to Android libraries and allows you to develop for Android.

check.png Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment): Brings together Java, the Android SDK, and the Android Android Development Tools (ADT) and provides tools for you to write Android programs.

check.png Android ADT: Does a lot of the grunt work for you, such as creating the files and structure required for an Android app.

The following sections show you how to acquire and install all these tools.

remember.eps A benefit of working with open source software is that, most of the time, you can get the tools to develop the software for free. Android is no exception to that rule. All the tools that you need to develop rich Android applications are free. ...

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