This is the second part of our series of tutorial on how to code a simple android native app. If you haven’t seen the first part of the tutorial you can follow this link to read it before starting with this second part.
In this part we will focus on setting up our working environment. I am using windows operating system with eclipse IDE but you are free to use whatever IDE and operating system you want. But be aware that I have not used android studio so I might not be of help but you can still post your questions in our question section for other android developers who have worked with android studio to answer.
I guess by now you must have install or setup all the tools you will use for android development. There are few things we will take into consideration before we proceed with the real development.
I have designed all the images you see in the app screenshot in Photoshop. You are free to design your own. But if you want to use my own images you can download them from the link provided.
Also, we are going to use some Java android third party library called “Sqlite Asset helper”. This library will help us to manage our SQLITE database used in this tutorial. You can download the file here
Now, we will focus our attention on creating our new android project. It is time to fire up your android IDE. Like I said before I will use Eclipse throughout this tutorial.
The next step is to start your IDE. If you have not work with Eclipse before, this tutorial will show you steps to follow in other to create your first android project in Eclipse.
Steps to follow
Open your Eclipse IDE.
On the top navigation menu click on File
It will open a submenu
Click on New sub-menu as shown in the image below
When you click on New, another sub-menu will open. Move to the last sub-menu “other” and click on it as shown in this image below
Another pop-up window menu will open. Look for Android Application project and click on it. This will start a new window pop-up menu for details of your android project.
When the new window menu opens, fill in your android application name, project name and your package name in the empty fields. I have filled mine and you can use the same information or something different. But please observe the format used for package name.
When you are done filling this information, continue to click on the Next button until the Finish button is activated. Then click on the finish button to create your new android application folder. If you are done then take a break and look at your application folder. Check out all the sub-folders and other files within it. But please don’t change or delete anything there.
This is where we will end the second lesson in our native android development. We will continue again with the third lesson which will focus on android folder structure and general knowledge on android.