Customary to getting started with new programming language or platform is to create the equivalent "Hello World". The sample program was small and easy to digest but running it for the first time was not a good experience.
The default Android Virtual Device configuation as per the tutorial keeps crashing on Windows XP. This is the message that I am seeing:
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To make the long trial and error short, below are the key changes to make Android development a little smoother.
Before installing the Android SDK (installer_r12-windows.exe), set the following system environment variable:
Of course you have to change d:\home to your desired folder. Ensure that the folder exists, this is important before starting with the installation. By the way, this is the folder where the Android virtual device(s) will be created.
Now, install Android SDK. I would suggest to use c:\android\sdk for the destination folder. If not, ensure that the path location does not include any spaces and that the individual folder length is less than or equal to eight characters.
With all this set, continue with the installation of Android software development environment and enjoy!!!