Chapter 35

Development Tools

The Android SDK is more than a library of Java classes and API calls. It also includes a number of tools to assist in application development.

Much of the focus has been on the Eclipse plug-in, to integrate Android development with that IDE. Secondary emphasis has been placed on the plug-in's equivalents for use in other IDEs or without an IDE, such as adb for communicating with a running emulator.

This chapter will cover other tools beyond those two groups.

Hierarchical Management

Android comes with a Hierarchy Viewer tool, designed to help you visualize your layouts as they are seen in a running activity in a running emulator. So, for example, you can determine how much space a certain widget is taking up, or try ...

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