The Chronicles of a Wannabe Code Monkey continue and hopefully will start to get more interesting soon! I spent the last two nights (when I wasn’t cooking/eating/working out/doing other stuff) removing all the things needed to develop android applications from my PC. That means I removed the Android SDK, Android ADT and Eclipse IDE. When I first installed them I had been a little too excited about this whole thing and hadn’t paid close enough attention (apparently) and could not get them working. I could get everything working on their own. Eclipse worked and I could code basic Java apps in it. The Android SDK was installed and I could set up an emulator environment and so on, but I just couldn’t get the ADT plugin to work with Eclipse. The first error code I got made me think I needed a different version of Eclipse, so after hours of scouring the web I found one I thought would work. Well, ok it took my 94.3 seconds to find it with my ninja google skills. After installing this version of Eclipse I got a whole host of new error messages. Deciding that something wasn’t right and in my haste to get everything going I missed a step or added a step something I decided that the best course of action would be to just start over.
I still think the issue may have come from compatibility issues between Eclipse and the current Android SDK/ADT Plugin. With that in mind I found a site that had a bundle zip file available for download that included everything I need. The package can be found here. After finally getting the download finished (it only took approximately forever) I went about installing the various components. Finally I was ready to open up Eclipse and get to work. File > New > Android Project (WOW! It worked!!) Start filling out the required fields… More problems. There is not options available in the SDK field. In it won’t accept any application names I choose. No matter what I do it just will not work for me. I’m starting to get frustrated with this, but I’m not going to let it stop me. I’m determined to become an Android Developer.
Have you ever tried something numerous ways and ran into problems at every turn? What helped you get past your hurdles? Share in the comments!