Setting up the Android Development Environment

This is fairly well documented environment.  Google and the Eclipse organization have made it easy to get going.  Rather than rewrite what they have online go to:

http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing.html

and follow the directions.

I have 3 different hardware setups I work from: Toshiba Laptop with Vista 64-bit, Dell Desktop with Vista 32-bit, and a Dell Laptop with Win7 64-bit.  The development environment is mostly independent of the hardware used.  However, I have had issues with the Dell Laptop (Win 7 64-bit) and getting the USB driver to recognize my Toshiba Thrive AT100 (16 MiB).  I have yet to try it on the Vista hardware.

Notes on install and other miscellaneous stuff:

  • when installing the Android SDK, keep the path simple by NOT using any spaces in the path
  • if you plan to do any OpenGLES 2.0, the emulator does not support it.  I connected my tablet to the laptop and used it in its debug mode.
  • set the environment variable, ANDROID_SDK_HOME, to the directory you installed the SDK (this is important)

~ by Jim Craft on February 6, 2012.

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