Setting up our development environment
The first thing we need to do is prepare our PC to develop for Android using Java. Fortunately, this is made quite simple for us.
If you are learning on Mac or Linux, everything in this book will still work. The next two tutorials have Windows-specific instructions and screenshots. However, it shouldn't be too difficult to vary the steps slightly to suit Mac or Linux.
All we need to do is:
- Install a software package called the Java Development Kit (JDK), which allows us to develop in Java.
- Install Android Studio, a program designed to make Android development fast and easy. Android Studio uses the JDK and some other Android-specific tools that automatically get installed when we install Android Studio.