Introduction: Installing Java (JDK) and Android Studio on Arch Linux

Welcome, I’m Krzysztof, I live in Krak√≥w (Poland) and a few weeks ago I decided to learn Java and Android. My programming experience is limited to C++ but it’s never too late to start. I’m gonna document problems I managed to resolve and show you some examples, especially code snippets appropriate for beginners. My main goal is to learn Android development, I’m also interested in Linux and Java. The operating system of my choice is Arch Linux.

At the links section you can find my Github account where I’m currently working on Facebook Lite, Web App for Android. I learnt a lot creating the app so it’s a great place to show you how it’s made and share my experience. But what is actually needed to start building Android apps? I personally recommend Android Studio by Google. It’s a great app for developers and the only recommended way of creating Android apps for now. But before you start you need Java Development Kit. I’m working on Arch Linux so now I’m gonna show you how to install Oracle Java (JDK) which is not present in Arch Linux (the system uses OpenJDK by default) and how to install Android Studio.

Now you are ready to go so it’s a perfect time to create your first Android app. Just create a new project with blank activity and test it on your device or start a new emulator. I’m not gonna write about the basic usage of Android Studio. It’s rather intuitive and well documented software. Instead of that I’ll share some links good to begin your programming journey.

  1. – you should begin here
  2. – it’s where you look for all the answers
  3. – Android Asset Studio: Launcher Icon Generator

Next time I will show you how to create an advanced WebView.