Sunday, December 13, 2009

Getting Setup for Android-ing (Windows Vista)

1. Installing Eclipse(for java):
Downloaded Eclipse 3.5 (Galileo) for windows (will move to Ubuntu ultimately, but, starting out on my vista machine). The specific package I downloaded was Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers (189 MB). It is big, but, the advantage is, it includes JRE and the JDT plugins as well.

C:\Users\Anil>java -version
java version "1.6.0_11"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.6.0_11-b03)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 11.0-b16, mixed mode, sharing)

2. Getting JDK 6.0:
Downloaded JDK 6.0 from SUN's website. (~164MB). (~270MB, installed).

3. Dowloading the Android SDK:
Available from the Google Android Website . I downloaded version 2.0.1 for Windows. (~22MB). Be sure to run SDK Setup.exe after you unpack. (Note: I had to change the "https" to "http", so, you may have to do the same, for it to pull files from the android repository; getting files from repository takes a looooong time!)

4. Throwing in the ADT Eclipse Plugin:
Not a requirement, but the Android Development Toolkit (ADT), is a plugin that google wrote for eclipse that is supposed to make development easy. I figure I have the time and the disk space, so why not :). Get it from here (technically, you don't directly get it from there, just follow the instructions there on how to use eclipse to install ADT plugin).


I just bought my first smart phone a couple weeks ago. The DROID! and I am soo in love with the phone and the software (Android 2.0, eclair), in particular, that I've decided to do a little digging into Android myself.

I'm starting at Google's Android Development Page and exploring what it takes to develop basic applications for android.

Like I said, I am absolutely in awe with the power of this new mobile OS and I want to find out more! And, I hope to post any quirks I run into as I go about this new venture, to my little blog, here!