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Friday, August 31, 2012

How to setup Eclipse and Android on Windows 7 - A Step-by-Step guide

One of the most detailed step-by-step guide ever to setup Android with Eclipse Juno on Windows 7 and run your first Android Hello World Application

Who is this guide for?
This guide is for anyone (especially Non-JAVA people from MS world like me), looking for help to setup Android Development Environment on a Windows 7 box.

This tutorial (pretty detailed) will help you installing all required software and run a simple Android Hello World project on Android 2.3.3 emulator. When I thought to learn Android (few weeks ago), being accustomed to .msi file double clicks for installation, found Android setup a little less easy. But if you go through this document carefully, setting up android development environment on Windows 7 will be a breeze.

Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit)

What all this guide covers

  • How to install JDK 7(JAVA Development Kit)
  • How to install Eclipse Juno (Free IDE for JAVA like paid Visual Studio is there for .NET)
  • How to install ADT Plugin (Android development plugin is extension to Eclipse to work with Android projects)
  • How to install Android SDK 20.0.3(Library and developer tools for making Android Apps)
  • How to create AVD (Android Virtual Device a.k.a. Emulator, to run applications)
  • How to create "Hello World" android project and run it on Emulator

You'll also find resolution to installation issues like:

| A java Runtime Environment (JRE) or Java Development kit (JDK) must
| be available in order to run Eclipse. No Java virtual machine was found  
| after searching the following locations: C:\eclipse\jre\javaw.exe       
| javaw.exe in your current PATH                                           

|  This template depends on the Android Support library, which   
|  is either not installed, or template depends on a more recent 
|  version than the one you have installed                      

Its too big for blog post (~25 pages due to lot of screenshots), hence I've created a PDF instead!
Hope it helps someone!!

guide to setup android on win7
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