Creating and Configuring a New Android Project

You can create a new Android project in much the same way as when you added the Snake application to your Eclipse workspace.

The first thing you need to do is create a new project in your Eclipse workspace.The Android Project Wizard creates all the required files for an Android application. Follow these steps within Eclipse to create a new project:

1. Choose File, New,Android Project, or choose the Android Project creator icon, which looks like a folder (with the letter a and a plus sign), on the Eclipse toolbar.

2. Choose a Project Name. In this case, name the project MyFirstAndroidApp.

3. Choose a Location for the project files. Because this is a new project, select the Create New Project in Workspace radio button. Check the Use Default Location checkbox or change the directory to wherever you want to store the source files.

4. Select a build target for your application. Choose a target that is compatible with the Android handsets you have in your possession. For this example, you might use the Android 2.2 target.

5. Choose an application name.The application name is the "friendly" name of the application and the name shown with the icon on the application launcher. In this case, the Application Name is My First Android App.

6. Choose a package name. Here you should follow standard package namespace conventions for Java. Because all our code examples in this book fall under the com.an-droidbook.* namespace, we will use the package name com.androidbook.myfirstandroidapp, but you are free to choose your own package name.

7. Check the Create Activity checkbox.This instructs the wizard to create a default launch activity for the application. Call this Activity class MyFirstAndroidAppActivity.

Your project settings should look like Figure 3.8.

8. Finally, click the Finish button.

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