By Jerome DiMarzio

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2. Choose Help | Software Updates | Find and Install. Chapter 3: Downloading and Installing the Android SDK 3. In the Install/Update window, which allows you to begin the process of downloading and installing any of the plugins that are available to you for Eclipse, click the Search for New Features to Install radio button and then click Next. 25 26 Android: A Programmer’s Guide 4. The Update Sites to Visit page of the Install window, shown next, lists all the default websites used for obtaining Eclipse plugins.

The Hello, Activity! –style application. Though simple in its design, Hello, Activity! does a good job of showing off the abilities of the platform. –style applications in the next chapter. 41 42 Android: A Programmer’s Guide Lunar Lander Lunar Lander, shown next, is a small game that plays on the Android Emulator. Lunar Lander shows how a simple 2-D game works on Android. The controls are fairly simple, and the game is not very complex. However, given these drawbacks, it is a great starter for game development.

Ask the Expert Q: Eclipse is used to develop applications in Java, but can Android run applications written in any other languages? A: As of the writing of this book, there were no other SDKs or emulators available to allow Android development in any language other than Java. Q: Can you use Eclipse (and the Android SDK) with a version of the JRE other than version 5? A: Technically you can use Eclipse with versions 5 and newer. However, the latest version of Eclipse was only tested on the Java 5 JRE.

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