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Thursday Mar 24, 2011

Andoid labs by VX Company

Yesterday I attended an Android lab course, http://androidlabs.org/, given by the VX Company. Since the lab course is on-line, you can follow it without even attending it on site. Moreover, the site contains many useful links and pointers to application development on the Android platform. Continue to check this site out, as more labs are promised to be published any time soon.

In order to start the lab, you need the following software:

  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 5 of 6 (download), the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is not sufficient.
  • Android Software Development Kit (SDK) release 10 (download and install). This is the base Android Software Development Kit that you need to build Android applications and package them. In addition the SDK comprises and Android emulator, with which you may emulate various Android devices. You need to install at least 1 Android platform, see step 4 of the installation instructions). For the workshop "Android 2.2 - API 8, revision 2" is used, so install at least that one. It is also adviced to install the associate documentation, but you may as well install all the available packages.
  • In case you have an Android-based phone, you can run the applications on your own phone by simply attaching it to your USB port. In case you develop on the Windows platform, you will need to install the "Android USB device driver".
  • Eclipse 3.5.1 or higher (download). The classic Java or Java EE distribution is recommended. The former is the most lean one and the most recent version (Helios SR2 / 3.6.2 at this time of writing) works fine with the Android SDK and Android Development Tools (ADT) plug-in.
  • Eclipse Android Development Tools (ADT) plugin (10) (download). This additional plug-in for Eclipse eases Android software development a lot.

Finally, you may want to test if everything works fine by running through the Android Labs Primer.

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