Android App Development For Beginners – Setting Up Your SDK

Posted on Feb 25 2013 - 1:34pm by George

This tutorial is written to facilitate beginners, I assume that you are new to Android Development and are eager to make Valuable apps.

Before entering into Development Phase, the most important question is:  What IDE (Integrated Development Environment) should we chose or start with?

There are several IDE’s to choose from, you can even start developing for Android with any basic Text Editor.

Editors such as IntelliJ, Visual studio and Net beans are useful,  or you can use Phone gap Strategy (Building applications using Web Languages). But I would recommend using “Eclipse SDK (Software Development Kit)” because it is an open source multi-language platform that can be used with various plugins.

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Note: Tutorials for this series of Android Developments will be done on Windows OS.

You can download Eclipse from the link below:

For Windows (32-bit):

http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/technology/epp/downloads/release/juno/SR1/eclipse-jee-juno-SR1-win32.zip

 For Windows (64-bit):

http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/technology/epp/downloads/release/juno/SR1/eclipse-jee-juno-SR1-win32-x86_64.zip

After downloading the desired Platform, be sure to download and install JDK (Java Development kit) because Eclipse will not work without JDK.

You can download JDK from the link below by choosing your system architecture:

http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html

Configuring SDK and Running Emulator for the First Time

Integrating Android SDK Into Eclipse

1)     After you have installed the SDK package from the Google developer’s site (http://developers.android.com/), open up your folder where you installed your Android SDK file (it is an archive file, .zip file). Unzip the files in a folder of your choice.

For instance, I downloaded and unzipped the files in my directory E:ANDROID SDKAndroid as shown below.

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2)     Open the folder containing your unzipped files and double click the file “SDK Manager.exe”.

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3) A new window should appear like this one.

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4)     As you can see that I have many packages installed before making this tutorial, but what you have to do after your first run is to click the install button to start installing the Android API’s.

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5)     Once you are done with installing the package, open Eclipse and click on the Window tab on the Menu strip, from the drop down menu, select Preferences.

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6)     A menu should appear, in that menu, on the left most tab expand the Android list. In the location field provide your SDK location and click OK.

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7)     Now what you will notice is that you have two icons appearing on you menu bar, if you see these icons, it means that you have successfully integrated Android SDK in your Eclipse.

8)    Congratulations, now you can start making your own Android apps!

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