Thursday, May 19, 2016

Android for VS 2010 SDK-Manager

What is Android SDK-Manager ?
- This is the Tool Box for developing and programming in Android.
What does Android SDK-Manager contain ?
Android SDK-Manager in Visual Basic
Android SDK-Manager
- It contains packages of tools to help developers to write Android programs for Android mobiles, Tablets, TV, Wear, .... etc.
What does SDK stand for (abbreviation) ?
Software Development Kit
What are those Android Tool Packages ?
  • SDK Tools : Required. Those are the software tools you need to work on developing Android programs.
  • SDK Platform-tools : Required. You must install this package when you install the SDK for the first time.
  • SDK Platform : Required. This equals Windows versions (XP, Vista, 7-32, 7-64, 8). You must download at least one platform into your environment so you're able to compile your application. In order to provide the best user experience on the latest devices, we recommend that you use the latest platform version as your build target. You'll still be able to run your app on older versions, but you must build against the latest version in order to use new features when running on devices with the latest version of Android.

        To get started, download the latest Android version, plus the lowest version you plan to support (we recommend Android 2.2 for your lowest version).
    System Image
        Recommended. Although you might have one or more Android-powered devices on which to test your app, it's unlikely you have a device for every version of Android your app supports. It's a good practice to download system images for all versions of Android your app supports and test your app running on them with the Android emulator.
    Android Support
        Recommended. Includes a static library that allows you to use some of the latest Android APIs (such as fragments, plus others not included in the framework at all) on devices running a platform version as old as Android 1.6. All of the activity templates available when creating a new project with the ADT Plugin require this. For more information, read Support Library.
    SDK Samples
        Recommended. The samples give you source code that you can use to learn about Android, load as a project and run, or reuse in your own app. Note that multiple samples packages are available — one for each Android platform version. When you are choosing a samples package to download, select the one whose API Level matches the API Level of the Android platform that you plan to use.

    Tip: For easy access to the SDK tools from a command line, add the location of the SDK's tools/ and platform-tools to your PATH environment variable.

    The above list is not comprehensive and you can add new sites to download additional packages from third-parties.

    In some cases, an SDK package may require a specific minimum revision of another package or SDK tool. The development tools will notify you with warnings if there is dependency that you need to address. The Android SDK Manager also enforces dependencies by requiring that you download any packages that are needed by those you have selected.

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