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Preparing Your Development Environment

Preparing your development computer and installing the Andoid SDK


Here are some resources that may help:
    WRITING ANDROID APPS IN JAVA:
    Also, when you install the SDK, there is an optional component you can install for each SDK version which includes demo apps. These demo apps are very instructive and useful to study, and can serve as a starting point for your own app.

    WRITING ANDROID APPS WITH JAVASCRIPT CROSS-PLATFORM APP FRAMEWORKS:

    If you don't want to learn the Java Android APIs, but still want to take part in this weekend's DevCamp and are familiar with Web technologies, or if you just want to develop cross-platform apps, check out these Javascript app development frameworks:
    There are also some cross-platform game engines:
    See also the list here, search on page for "Android": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_game_engines

    WRITING ANDROID APPS IN PURE HTML5 / CSS / Javascript:

    Eric Schmidt has stated that he thinks the majority of mobile apps will be developed using Web technologies within 2 years. That's probably not unreasonable given the continual increase in richness of the HTML5 JS APIs and the benefits of cross-platform apps. In case anybody is looking to go the HTML5 route for their Android app this weekend, see this advice from Google on developing HTML5 apps for mobile:
    Note that you can now remotely debug Android Web apps over USB using the Chrome Developer Tools on your desktop machine (kind of like using Eclipse on your desktop to debug Dalvik apps over the wire) -- very cool:
    This requires Chrome Beta for Android, which only works on Ice Cream Sandwich currently.

    Thanks so much to Luke from the Boston GTUG for sharing this resource!
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