Get started with Google's Android Development Tools Eclipse plug-in Skill Level: Intermediate Frank Ableson (firstname.lastname@example.org) Software designer
26 Feb 2008 Android is Google's oft-discussed mobile, wireless, computer, and communications platform. You can take advantage of the powerful Eclipse environment to build Android applications using the Android Eclipse plug-in. This tutorial introduces Android application development with the Eclipse plug-in, otherwise known as Android Development Tools. The tutorial provides an introduction to Android development with a quick introduction to the platform, a tour of Android Development Tools, and includes the construction of two example applications.
Section 1. Before you start
This tutorial introduces Android application development within the Eclipse environment, including the construction of two example applications. The first is a basic starter application, complete with all phases of building and debugging. The second application examines more complex features of Android, including contacts searching and Google Maps address lookup. To get the most from this tutorial, mobile-development experience is helpful, but not required. Java™ programming skills are required for Android applications, but are not an explicit requirement for this tutorial.
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