C. Installing Apache Ant

The Android and BlackBerry development tools use Apache Ant to automate command-line build tasks. Ant is an open source project within the Apache Software Foundation’s suite of products. Ant is a Java-based build tool and therefore requires a Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Refer to Appendix B for instructions for installing the Java Developer Kit (JDK), which includes the JRE.

Macintosh Installation

For Macintosh users, Mac OS X includes a version of Ant preinstalled. You will need to verify that the version installed is compatible with the mobile development SDKs you will be working with (for example, at the time of this writing, the Android SDK requires version 1.8 and newer). To determine the installed version, open ...

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