Chapter 2. First Steps with the Android SDK

The Android SDK provides a set of tools that allows creating applications in no time. This chapter will guide you through the process of building a simple Android application with the SDK tools. This involves the following steps:

  1. Setting up the development environment

  2. Creating a new project in Eclipse and writing our code

  3. Running the application on the emulator or on a device

  4. Debugging and profiling the application

Let's start with setting up the development environment.

Setting Up the Development Environment

The Android SDK is pretty flexible and integrates well with a couple of development environments. Purists might choose to go all hard-core with command-line tools. We want things to be a little bit more ...

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