What do you need to install for develop AIR Application on Android without Android device

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

If you want to develop AIR Application on Android with Adobe powerful software, you need to read this article. This article is good for beginner. When you start to build your Android application, you have to build a developing environment first. So I am going to tell you what you need to establish your environment. Here we go.

I’d like use flash-base software to develop AIR Application. We divide into three parts:

Step 1) Java SDK
First of all, you have to download Java SDK (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html) and install it. If you’ve done this, you can skip this step.

Above Figure is Installing JDK

Step 2) Android Part
Of course, you need Android SDK. The Android SDK includes a mobile device emulator -- a virtual mobile device that runs on your computer. The emulator lets you prototype, develop, and test Android applications without using a physical device. You just download and install Android SDK; you can “New” your virtual Android device on your laptop or PC. Here is the URL(http://developer.android.com/sdk/index.html).
The virtual Android device I new on "Android SDK and AVD Manager"

Step 3) Flash Builder or Flash CS5 Pro
If you choose flash-based software to develop Android applications, so you can download the Adobe Flash Builder (trial version) or Adobe Flash CS5 Pro (Trail version). Both are using ActionScript language to create application. ActionScript 3 is an implementation of ECMAScript, which is very similar to JavaScript. Flash Proefssional provides vector-based graphics rendering, along with native audio and video capabilities, and uses the ActionScript language to add interactivity to websites leveraging Flash Player. Flash Builder 4 (formerly Flex Builder) is an Eclipse-based IDE with support for application debugging and profiling. If you choose either one, you don’t need to install “Flex 4 SDK”, otherwise, you have to do. This is the way I am doing. You can different developing software. That is ok.

This is a short article for beginner like me. If I have something new, I will share for you. I hope you enjoy it. Have fun. Thank you!

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