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Developing Android Applications Without Eclipse

Usually developers prefere eclipse as a development environment for Android, but it is not requirement for development. The ADT plug-in for Eclipse provides a convenient entry point for many of the underlying development tools for creating, debugging, packaging,and signing Android applications.

Developers who do not want to use Eclipse or require some of the more powerful debugging features not available in the Eclipse ADT plug-in can access these underlying tools directly from the command line.

Tools such as the following are found in the /tools directory of the Android SDK:

.android—Creates Android project files and manages AVDs.

. aapt (Android Asset Packaging Tool)—Packages Android project files into .apk files for installation on the emulator and handset.

.ddms (Dalvik Debug Monitor Service)—Has a user interface of its own, which resembles the Eclipse DDMS perspective.

.adb (Android Debug Bridge)—Has a command-line interface for interacting with the emulator and the device.

Note: It is good to prefere the eclipse GUIs are easy to use.


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