2. Mastering the Android Development Tools

Android developers are fortunate to have more than a dozen development tools at their disposal to help facilitate the design of quality applications. Understanding what tools are available and what they can be used for is a task best done early in the Android learning process, so that when you are faced with a problem, you have some clue as to which utility might be able to help you find a solution. Most of the tools for Android development are integrated into Eclipse using the ADT plug-in, but they can also be launched independently—you’ll find the executables in the /tools subdirectory of the Android SDK installation. In this chapter, we walk through a number of the most important tools available for ...

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