In order to get started developing or testing against the Android platform, which is supported by Java, the Android SDK should be used. Android SDK provides the necessary tools and APIs to start developing applications on the Android platform using the Java programming language. The Android Software Development Kit (SDK) comes with complete set of development tools on the Android platform.
In this context, APIs is an add-on to Android SDK, which can develop customized application, libraries and services. Maps external library is the prominent feature of the extension to SDK, which enhances mapping competencies for Android. The downloadable platform of the Android comprises of fully-compliant Android system image, along with Maps Library and other built-in system components, Emulator skins, Maps Demo, and many more.
The SDK also consists of Android Virtual Device (AVD) to run on Android platform and the version can be set-up in AVD. Android 2.1 version release includes new API changes (API level 7) and bug fixes.
Setting up Android ADT Plugin in Eclipse IDE
The Android SDK supports Integrated Development Environment (IDE) in Eclipse 3.2 by setting up a customized Android Development Tool (ADT) Plugin. This provides the fillip mobile offers today to the integrated environment to develop Android applications. The ADT Plugin can be installed using the Eclipse remote update feature, which is downloadable. By adding ADT Plugin to Eclipse it will facilitate screenshots, manage port-forwarding, put breakpoints, and view thread and process information directly from Eclipse. Among other benefits are building Android application, provide Android code editor and Project Wizard for using Android files for new Android applications.
ADT broadens the capabilities of Eclipse by commissioning new projects, creating application UI, provide components based on API, debugging applications using the SDK tools. An Eclipse powered by ADT is the quickest way to begin. By setting up ADT in Eclipse, it provides power and punch by way of tools integration, custom XML editors, and debugging.
The system should be checked with a compatible version of Eclipse before installing ADT. In order to install ADT, a compatible version of the SDK tools of Android and at least one development platform is required. Further to simplify ADT setup, installation of SDK prior to installing ADT is highly recommended. When the Eclipse and SDK environments are ready, ADT installation can be proceeded. ADT can be updated to the latest version of Android and also instructions to uninstall it.