By J.F. DiMarzio

Master the Android cellular improvement platform

Build compelling Java-based cellular purposes utilizing the Android SDK and the Eclipse open-source software program improvement platform. Android: A Programmer's Guide indicates you, step by step, find out how to obtain and manage the entire priceless instruments, construct and track dynamic Android courses, and debug your effects. observe the best way to offer internet and chat capabilities, engage with the telephone dialer and GPS units, and entry the newest Google providers. you will additionally how you can create customized content material prone and database-enable your purposes utilizing SQLite.

  • set up and configure Java, Eclipse, and Android plugin
  • Create Android initiatives from the Eclipse UI or command line
  • Integrate websites, pictures, galleries, and sounds
  • Deploy menus, development bars, and auto-complete functions
  • Trigger activities utilizing Android Intents, Filters, and Receivers
  • Implement GPS, Google Maps, Google Earth, and GTalk
  • construct interactive SQLite databases, calendars, and notepads
  • attempt purposes utilizing the Android Emulator and Debug Bridge

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If you are having trouble finding the SDK because you used the default extraction setting, it should be in the following folder: /%downloadfolder%/android-sdk_m5-rc14_windows/android-sdk_m5-rc14_windows. Navigate to the folder where you unpacked the Android SDK so that you can begin to explore the folder structure within. com/android Android development site. ● Samples Contains six sample applications that you can compile and test from within Eclipse ● Tools Contains all of the development, compilation, and debugging tools that you need throughout the development process of an Android application The following sections discuss in a bit more detail what is included in each of the SDK folders.

When a new SDK is released, chances are a new plugin is also released. During the writing of this book, both a new SDK and a new plugin were released. I attempted to use the “provided” upgrade tools to change versions. However, this proved fruitless and left me with two conflicting versions, neither of which worked correctly. I eventually had to uninstall both versions and reinstall only the latest version. The newest SDK then worked correctly. I suggest that anyone faced with the possibility of upgrading from one version of an SDK/plugin combo to another use this same process: simply uninstall the older version, and install the newer one, rather than upgrading.

Even during the writing of this book, an SDK update was released that addresses many issues within the platform. I suggest checking the development page often for the latest updates. (continued) 33 34 Android: A Programmer’s Guide Q: If an update is released, how do I upgrade my SDK? A: Upgrading the SDK can be very tricky. When a new SDK is released, chances are a new plugin is also released. During the writing of this book, both a new SDK and a new plugin were released. I attempted to use the “provided” upgrade tools to change versions.

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