Just starting mobile development. Any suggestions?

Just starting mobile development. Any suggestions?

I am just starting mobile development. I am planning to start with Android. Does anyone have suggestions regarding the tools I can use? Any suggestions on anything will help.


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Please take a look at Android forum. Also, this is a list of links ( I did it for myself some time ago ) to create Android development environment:
// Android Related Links
// http://developer.android.com

+ JDK6 : http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/6u31-b05/jdk-6u31-windows-i5...

+ Android SDK : http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r17-windows.zip
+ : http://dl.google.com/android/installer_r17-windows.exe
+ : http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r18-windows.zip
+ : http://dl.google.com/android/installer_r18-windows.exe
+ : http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_r20-windows.zip
+ : http://dl.google.com/android/installer_r20-windows.exe

+ Android NDK r7b : http://dl.google.com/android/ndk/android-ndk-r7b-windows.zip
+ Android NDK r8 : http://dl.google.com/android/ndk/android-ndk-r8-windows.zip

+ Eclipse Classic 3.6.2 : http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/eclipse/downloads/dr...
+ Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers: http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/download.php?file=/technology/epp/downl...

// JDK6 : http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/6u31-b05/jdk-6u31-windows-i5...
+ Windows x86 (32-bit) 78.98 MB jdk-6u31-windows-i586.exe
Java SE 6 Update 31 / JRE alone is not sufficient


// Android SDK : http://dl.google.com/android/android-sdk_rXX-windows.zip

+ Starter Package

// Android SDK Tools r27: http://developer.android.com/sdk/tools-notes.html

// Android NDK r7b : http://dl.google.com/android/ndk/android-ndk-r7b-windows.zip
+ http://developer.android.com/sdk/ndk/index.html

// Eclipse 3.6.2 Helios :
+ Eclipse Classic 3.6.2 :


+ Eclipse IDE for C/C++ Developers:

http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/packages/eclipse-ide-cc-developers/heli... http://www.eclipse.org/downloads

// Eclipse JDT : http://www.eclipse.org/jdt
- Included in most Eclipse IDE packages

// Eclipse ADT : http://developer.android.com/sdk/eclipse-adt.html

// Apache Ant 1.8 : http://apache.mirror.nexicom.net//ant/binaries/apache-ant-1.8.3-bin.zip
- http://ant.apache.org/

// Cygwin 1.7 : http://www.cygwin.com/
- For Windows platforms

// Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) x86 Emulator Image Add-on:
- http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/android-237-gingerbread-x86-emu...

// Installing Android SDK:
- http://developer.android.com/sdk/installing.html

// Android Platform Tools:
- http://developer.android.com/guide/developing/tools/index.html

// Installing ADT Plugin

ADT Plugin

Download the ADT Plugin


// Run on the Emulator

// Android NDK

// Android* 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) x86 Emulator System Image
- http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/android-ice-cream-sandwich-x86-...

// Android* 2.3.7 (Gingerbread) x86 Emulator Image Add-on
- http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/android-237-gingerbread-x86-emu...

Thanks, Sergey. This is a lot for information. I would definitely help :)

Please take into account that only a couple of first downloads need to be installed. Then, as soon as Android SDK is installed all the rest installations or updates usually done with Android SDK Manager ( very good and simple tool! ).


you can also try to develop your applications using the Cross-platform: You write once with Javascript and you deploy it on the other different platforms (Android, Balckberry, iOS...) 

there is PhoneGap which supports all platforms , which also is based on web technologies.

You mentioned that you are starting with Android and the best here is by using its Software development kit that is free. It will provide you with libraries and developer tools that will simplify your task by offering you sample source codes and emulators.

As someone who is starting with development, you can download the ADT Bundle which will offer you even more functionalities and you will also get:

Android SDK tools, Android platform tools, the latest Android platform etc.

Get Android SDK here http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html and also you can see more about Andoid mobile theme development at http://www.techyv.com/questions/need-some-help-regarding-android

I think your plan is good. All the best for your mobile plan. Android is bst for this. Hope it will do good.

Definitely check out Microsoft Virtual Academy for free training: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/

It's obviously Microsoft focused but there are a lot of great general programming courses.

Try going with XDK using HTML5 and javascript apps...gives you a wider reach

I think it's better to start with official Android documentation on development here (http://developer.android.com/) and downloading their SDK from here: http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html.

I also used some training before I was able to develop on my own. But from my own experience I can tell that real breakthrough comes when you start coding on real projects. This was my case with Apptraction, where I worked first and continued to grow as a developer.

Try http://www.androidcreator.com/

Its developed by MIT and is the best I have seen.

Intel XDK is a good place to start since it's possible to target multiple environment such as Android / iOS / Windows Phone using the same code base.

Java is highly recommended

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