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Android™ Tablet Application Development For Dummies® by Donn Felker

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Installing and Configuring Your Support Tools

Now it is starting to get exciting. It is time to get this Android going, but before you can do so, you need to install and configure a few tools, including SDKs:

  • Java JDK: Lays the foundation for the Android SDK.
  • Android SDK: Provides access to Android libraries and allows you to develop for Android.
  • Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment): Brings together Java, the Android SDK, and the Android ADT (Android Development Tools), and provides tools for you to write your Android programs.
  • Android ADT: Does a lot of the grunt work for you, such as creating the files and structure required for an Android app.

In the following sections, I show you how to acquire and install all these tools.

image A benefit of working with open-source software is that most of the time, the tools you need to develop the software are free. Android is no exception to that rule. All the tools that you need to develop rich Android applications are free of charge.

image The Android SDK changes fast. The installation instructions are accurate as of August 2011. If you run into any issues during the installation of the tools or frameworks, please consult the Android SDK Installation page as the installation may have changed since the writing of this book (http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing.html ...

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