Developing Android applications

First thing – get eclipse. Some people recommend the J2EE – I don’t. the regular java version works great for me. Eclipse doesn’t have an installer. That’s not a problem, just extract it where you can find it, say, c:\program files.

Next thing – you go to the android website and download the sdk.

Download the ADT Plugin


  1. Start Eclipse, then select Help > Install New Software.
  2. Click Add, in the top-right corner.
  3. In the Add Repository dialog that appears, enter “ADT Plugin” for the Name and the following URL for the Location:
    https://dl-ssl.google.com/android/eclipse/
  4. Click OK.
  5. mark all the options
  6. wait a very long time.

Next thing, you need to enable the ADT Plugin. to do that:

  1. Start eclipse
  2. Select Window > Preferences… to open the Preferences panel (Mac OS X: Eclipse > Preferences).
  3. Select Android from the left panel.
  4. For the SDK Location in the main panel, click Browse… and locate your downloaded SDK directory.
  5. Click Apply, then OK.

Note: there are a lot of stuff to download, in Gb! this will take a while.