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Developing for Android Using Eclipse

Posted by Andrew at 2:00 AM on October 29, 2010

Smashing Magazine LogoSmashing Magazine just keeps coming up with great stuff.   This time they’ve got a beginners tutorial on how to develop for Android using Eclipse, XML and Java.

Starting with an introduction by way of “Why Develop for Android”, it takes the user through installing the development environment Eclipse and the Android SDK, before setting up the Android Virtual Device, so that would-be developers can test their applications without actually loading them onto a phone.

The article proceeds to build a simple tea timer application by first creating the interfaces in XML, then linking code and listening for events in Java.  Before you know it, you’ve a working Android app.  Coffee drinkers will just have to go with the flow.

I’ve never developed for Android, though I used to tinker with C on Sun Sparcstations, but I had this all up-and-running within an hour, and that included downloading and installing the software.

I know that HP Palm’s WebOS is very similar especially with their Ares app builder, but I’ve no idea about developing for Apple’s iOS.  Regardless, it’s clear that the barrier to entry for mobile application development is now extremely low.

(On a completely different note, I imagine that Smashing Magazine will very shortly have their November wallpapers /backgrounds available for download.)

2 Comments

  1. From tomspender at 7:40 am on October 29, 2010

    Hi,
    Developping for any mobile platform is pretty much the same effort for beginners nowadays; a Hello World app would be achieved within an hour including software installation (on iPhone, Android, Win Phone 7, etc.).
    The bigger barrier remains mainly about really knowing the frameworks/SDK and coding languages.

  2. From Tom at 5:51 pm on October 29, 2010

    I love Smashing Magazine. They put out some great stuff!