2 weeks ago a man where I work, who has access to large sums of money, came to me and said “You like to code right? How about you come up with some ideas for mobile device apps and we will get you funded and on your way.” So my jaw dropped and did what any sane person would when told something like this. “yeah sure why not” I mean who is going to turn down a chance to get crazy funding for something you like to do even if it’s in a language you would prefer to have never existed?
I saw this question a few times here. How do you get started and set up to write apps for the android? The easy answer is having someone do it for you. Not exactly the solution I prefer even if I am lazy. So this is my addition to the community because I have seen it asked but no answer. How to get the Android SDK up, running, and writing “Hello World” should be fun right?
Oh and warning from here out. I can’t spell I am a coder not an English professor! And with that warning let’s get started.
If your one of those “retro” pc nerds, go ahead and take your 386 and text based browser back to the Stone Age, this is not for you. Your computer must be fairly modern. Windows XP or better and yadda yadda. Next you need to download some, drum roll please, free software YAY us! Everything is free and that fosters some wide spread use of this for Android.
Step 1: Download Download and more Downloading
Java JDK at the time of me writing this it is Java SE 7u4. May or may not need to be installed.
Android SDK pick the correct one for your OS. Windows, Apple or Linux
Eclipse IDE Google specifically recommends Eclipse Classic. The latest version at this time is 3.7.2.
Android ADK is an add-on to Eclipse so it will be downloaded later through Eclipse
i promise i have pictures later.