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Create an Android application on Eclipse


Operating system used
Windows Vista Home Premium SP 1

Software prerequisites
Eclipse 3.4 (Ganymede)
Android 1.1 SDK r1

  1. Start Eclipse.

  2. Select menu: File | New | Project

  3. Expand folder Android, select "Android Project" and press Next button.

    Select Android Project

  4. Create a new Android Project resource, enter:

    Project name: TestApplications
    Package name: com.mobilefish.demo
    Activity name: HelloWorld
    Application name: Simple Hello World demonstration

    Press Finish button.

    Create new Android Project resource

  5. In the "Package Explorer" tab, the project TestApplications is created.
    Expand this project, the src folder and package com.mobilefish.demo.

    Create TestApplications project

  6. Double click and change the source code:

    package com.mobilefish.demo;

    import android.os.Bundle;
    import android.widget.TextView;

    public class HelloWorld extends Activity {
       /** Called when the activity is first created. */
       public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {
          TextView tv = new TextView(this);
          tv.setText("Hello, Android");

  7. Press CTRL+S to save

  8. In the menu select: Run | Run Configurations....

  9. Right click "Android Applications" and select New.

    Create Run Configuration

  10. Enter the Run Configurations information in tab Android:

    Name: Simple HelloWorld
    Project: TestApplications

    Press Apply and Run button.

    Enter Run Configurations information

  11. The Emulator windows opens, wait until you see the following screen:

    Emulator window opens

  12. When the screen above is displayed, press the device Menu key.
    The message "Hello, Android" is displayed.

    The HelloWorld application is displayed

  13. Close the Emulator window. To Run the application, press the Run button.

    Run the application