Android Development Tools (ADT) is a plug-in for the Eclipse IDE that is designed to give you a powerful, integrated environment in which to build Android applications.
ADT extends the capabilities of Eclipse to let you quickly set up new Android projects, create an application UI, add components based on the Android Framework API, debug your applications using the Android SDK tools, and even export signed (or unsigned) APKs in order to distribute your application.
Developing in Eclipse with ADT is highly recommended and is the fastest way to get started. With the guided project setup it provides, as well as tools integration, custom XML editors, and debug output pane, ADT gives you an incredible boost in developing Android applications.
The sections below provide instructions on how to download and install ADT into your Eclipse environment.
Preparing Your Development Computer
ADT is a plug-in for the Eclipse IDE. Before you can install or use ADT, you must have a compatible version of Eclipse installed on your development computer.
If Eclipse is already installed on your computer, make sure that you have Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede) or 3.5 (Galileo) version that is compatible with ADT and the Android SDK.
For Fresh installation, You can also download Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede) or 3.5 (Galileo) from following location : http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/
A Java or RCP version of Eclipse 3.4+ is recommended.
Additionally, before you can configure or use ADT, you must install the Android SDK starter package. Android SDK starter package can be downloaded from here. Once SDK is downloaded, extract it in specific directory in your system.
When your Eclipse 3.5 ( Galileo) and Android SDK environments are ready, continue with the ADT installation as described in the steps below :
Configuring the ADT Plugin
Once you’ve successfully downloaded ADT as described above, the next step is to modify your ADT preferences in Eclipse to point to the Android SDK directory:
- Select Window > Preferences… to open the Preferences panel.
- Select Android from the left panel.
- For the SDK Location in the main panel, click Browse… and locate your downloaded SDK directory.
- Click Apply, then OK.
And its Done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!