Android Environment SetupPritesh
In this tutorial we will be learning how to set up local environment to create android application. We have already learnt about android operating system overview and simple setting up steps for android device.
We can start android application development in Microsoft Windows XP and higher versions of windows. You need following things installed or ready on your local system
- Java JDK5/JDK6
- Android SDK
- Eclipse IDE for Java Developers
- Android Development Tools (ADT) Eclipse Plugin
Android Application : Setting up Java Developer Kit
You can create .bat file on your local drive and put following content in batch file –
set PATH=C:\jdk1.6.0_15\bin;%PATH% set JAVA_HOME=C:\jdk1.6.0_15
After running the file entries will be made into path variable and JAVA_HOME will be set to your home directory of JDK.
You can also refer the article to set path variable
Getting Android SDK
First step is to download android SDK from the android developers website.
After downloading the complete package extract the zip file. You can see following content inside zip file.
Now you need to open the eclipse from eclipse -> eclipse.exe. Once you open the eclipse you will able to see SDK icon on top of eclipse IDE.
After clicking on the icon you will be prompted to download all necessary packages. You can download all the packages if you have fast internet access.
After downloading all the packages you will able to develop android application for the any version. Downloaded stuff will go into sdk -> platforms folder
Create Android Virtual Device
It is advisable to use your android phone directly to test output of the android application through USB. It will work faster than creating virtual device.
What exactly AVD is ? Suppose you don’t have android device to test application you have developed. In that case you need tool to test your application. AVD exactly provides you an virtual emulator to test your android app.
In eclipse you can launch AVD screen by clicking on the following icon.
Now you will able to see following screen
Now in screenshot we have already created and AVD. We will be using same AVD. If you want to create your AVD then click on the Create button.
Once you create an AVD then you are all set to create your first android application.