The Android Developer Tools (ADT) version 20 has been available for over a month, and last weekend I finally got around to updating. First and foremost, upgrading didn't break anything, which is a check in the way-to-go-Google column. I tried the plug-in with Eclipse Juno and Indigo, Classic and Enterprise editions, and in all cases the upgrade went flawlessly.
From what I've seen, the improvements are focused on things that matter to Enterprise Java developers, such as LINT, Ant Builds, and JUNIT. These features are important, increasingly so as Android matures and begins to infiltrate corporate IT. Still, I am sort of a big kid when it comes to technology, and I was hoping to run across something a little more exciting and I did.
When I opened the new project wizard and found myself in uncharted territory, I perked up. Where once there were mere text boxes for package and application names, now I find application templates, naming suggestions, and even an integrated version of Android Asset Studio. For those of you who have yet to take the plunge, below is a walk-through of the new project wizard. It's pretty snazzy stuff if you ask me.1. As with previous versions of ADT, the new project wizard can be invoked by choosing File | New, selecting Android Application Project, and clicking the Next button (Figure A). Figure A
William J Francis began programming computers at age eleven. Specializing in embedded and mobile platforms, he has more than 20 years of professional software engineering under his belt, including a four year stint in the US Army's Military Intelligence Corps. Throughout his career William has published numerous technical articles, as well as the occasional short story.