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Beginning Android 4 Games Development by Robert Green, Mario Zechner

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Setting Up the Development Environment

The Android SDK is flexible, and it integrates well with several development environments. Purists might choose to go hard core with command-line tools. We want things to be a little bit more comfortable, though, so we'll go for the simpler, more visual route using an IDE (integrated development environment).

Here's the list of software you'll need to download and install in the given order:

  1. The Java Development Kit (JDK), version 5 or 6. We suggest using 6.
  2. The Android Software Development Kit (Android SDK).
  3. Eclipse for Java Developers, version 3.4 or newer.
  4. The Android Development Tools (ADT) plug-in for Eclipse.

Let's go through the steps required to set up everything properly.

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