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Eclipse IDE tutorials

What is Eclipse?

  • The vast majority of Android apps owe their existence to Eclipse.

  • It is an open source IDE (integrated development environment) for Java projects (and more).

  • Basically, the place where the application software is crafted, being supported through various stages of its lifecycle.

  • Google officially supports it, and has created the Android Development Tools plugin for Eclipse and integrated its AVD Manager virtual device management into the tool as well.

  • In other words, you can not only build vanilla Java programs but quickly create Android-oriented code, and its testing is supported by emulators (the virtual devices) that show you how your code would run in standardised versions of particular Android devices (on the basis of their API level, rather than any details of a handset).

 

What is ADT

  • Android Development Tools (ADT) is a plugin for the Eclipse IDE that is designed to give you a powerful, integrated environment in which to build Android applications.

  • ADT extends the capabilities of Eclipse to let you quickly set up new Android projects, create an application UI, add components based on the Android Framework API, debug your applications using the Android SDK tools, and even export signed (or unsigned) .apk files in order to distribute your application.

  • Developing in Eclipse with ADT is highly recommended and is the fastest way to get started.

  • With the guided project setup it provides, as well as tools integration, custom XML editors, and debug output pane, ADT gives you an incredible boost in developing Android applications.

 

Installation Steps

  • If you haven't downloaded the adt-bundle mentioned above then download the latest Eclipse IDE from: http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/. You can use Eclipse IDE for Java Developers.

  • However Eclipse 3.7.2 (Classic) IDE for Java Developers is recommended.

  • Proceed and finish with the installation

  • Now since the SDK is installed, you can see the SDK manager.

 

 

  • Next, open Eclipse IDE and choose Window > Preferences.

  • Choose Android and set your SDK Location. Click Apply and then OK.

  • Now the SDK is set.

 

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