At the time the previous edition of this book was published, there was only one way to install the Android Software Development Kit (SDK): the complicated way. Recently, though, Android has introduced the Android Developer Tools (ADT) Bundle which makes installing the SDK much easier. The ADT Bundle contains the latest Android Software Development Kit (SDK), a version of the Eclipse IDE, the ADT plugin for Eclipse, and much more.
If you already have the Java Development Kit (JDK) and Eclipse installed on your machine, you may want to fall back on that complicated method, but if you have neither installed, I recommend using the easy method.
This chapter outlines the easy installation method for Windows using the ADT Bundle. If you already have the JDK and Eclipse installed on your computer, you may wish to visit the Android developer’s website and follow the directions presented under the Download section labeled Setting Up an Existing IDE under the Tools menu.