I expected this process to be a lot more tedious than it turned out to be BUT that is always the case in the beginning of most things, isn’t it? well at least for me:-) These are the steps that I took to setup an Android development environment on my Mac OS X 10.6.6
- Download and Install the latest version of the Android SDK for Mac OS X(Intel). Once installed, make a note of the SDK location on your Mac as you will need it later.
- If you don’t already have it, grab JDK 5 or JDK 6.
- Download and Install Eclipse IDE. The recommended version is ‘Eclipse Classic’ (3.5.1 & higher) but you can pick either ‘Eclipse IDE for Java Developers’ (my choice) or ‘Eclipse IDE for Java EE Developers’. I have worked with Eclipse before and chose it out of habit but one of the other IDE’s that supports Android SDK versions is IntelliJ IDEA.
- Install the Android Development Tools (ADT) Plugin for Eclipse IDE. This plugin is recommended as it gives a powerful extended and integrated environment in which to build Android applications. ps: you will need that SDK location from the first step when configuring the ADK Plugin.
- Use the Android SDK and the AVD Manager in Eclipse to download the necessary components into your development environment. Within Eclipse, select Window > Android SDK and AVD Manager > Available Packages > Android Repository. To develop an Android application, you only need to download one Android platform and SDK Platform tools for the latest platform. Here is a list of the recommended components – I downloaded all including documentation to make it easier to work offline.
- You are DONE with installation – it’s time to Play! Best place to start Hello World Tutorial. Enjoy:-D