Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Setting Up for Android Devolopment - 3

Step 3: Installing ADT

ADT stands for "Android Development Tools". It is the plug-in designed to make Eclipse the most powerful Android App development environment. By Installing ADT, Eclipse is enabled and empowered to develop Android app of any sort.

To get more details , read : http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/installing-adt.html

Ok, I m going to do it now...
I start Eclipse, and go to help>install new software

Then , I get a dialog like below, I click add button.
In add repository dialog that appears , I add following.
Then press "OK".

you will get 2 "Available Software"s. Developer tools are the one I need for the moment. NDK as I know stands for "Native Development Kit" which allow developers to include C++ code in to Android program code which I don't need (may be fore ever :) )
When I press next , the wizard shows the list of tools that will be downloaded.Press next,
Then accept the agreement and click finish.

ADT started downloading..I think things going ok.
Once ADT download is over, Eclipse is enabled for Android devolopment and it immidiately ask for Android SDK. See below.

What is Android SDK by the way? I will write in next post.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Setting Up for Android Devolopment - 2

Step 2 : Installing JDK 6

JDK version 6 needed to run eclipse properly. If Eclipse is 64 bit then JDK has to be 64 bit.

Go to http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#Requirements
I go to the link JDK 6 ( highlighted).

This directs to Oracle Java download page.http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html.
Now I select Java SE 6 update 33.
Once I click download, I m directed to download page. http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk6-downloads-1637591.html
 Then I click on highlighted link since it is the 64 bit JDK version 6.
 It is a 59.7 MB file and I download it.
Then I ran the file and the JDK and JRE was installed. Next I started Eclipse to see if it works.
Here we go...

Eclipse asks for a working directory at log on . This location will be used to store projects. I changed it to D:\Android\workspace. Now Eclipse Juno is up and running :).

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Setting Up for Android Devolopment -1

Step One : Installing Eclipse

Eclipse IDE can be used to develop Android and it is the most popular. That is where you write your Android code and make it to an Android App. Google recommends Eclipse Classic" version.

Read more at  http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing/installing-adt.html. 

I ll install Eclipse , go to http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/
You will see a page like this.

Then click on link for " Eclipse classic 4.2".  I think I better install 64 bit version since my computer's operating system is 64 bit.

Once  I click on "Windows 64 bit" for the classic version, I m directed to a mirror selection page.I select the first section.
Once I click on big green download sign, I m prompted to select a download location.
It is a large file ( 183MB ). So it will take a while to download.Once downloaded , it is shown as below in Firefox downloads dialog.
Once I open down load folder there is a folder called Eclipse. Once it is opened, there is an Application called " Eclipse"Then  I run it.

Then I extract it. First problem :(

Google d the error. Found the reason could be my JDK installation being 64 bit. So, I m going to do it next. Uninstalling JDK and reinstalling it.
http://developer.android.com says JRE alone is not sufficienthttp://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html#Requirements. I need to install full JDK 6 (64 bit).

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Android Versions...

1 Android beta ( 2007 November)
The first released Android version.

2 Android 1.0 (2008 September)
 The first relased commercial version.First Android device HTC dream ran this version.

3 Android 1.1(2009 February)

4 Android 1.5 Cupcake (2009 April)
First used the desert nickname.

5 Android 1.6 Donut (2009 September)

6 Android 2.0/2.1 Éclair (2009 October)

7 Android 2.2.x Froyo(2010 May)

8 Android 2.3.x Gingerbread (2010 December)

9 Android 3.x Honeycomb (2011 February)
 The first tablet android update.

10 Android 4.0.x Ice Cream Sandwich (2011 October)

Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Ice Cream Sandwich.

11 Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (2009 July
The latest version.

I took all these infomation from Wikipedia(Big thank for those contributors) and summarized.  If you need more details , pls see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history