troubleshooting Question

Android Development

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I was trying to get started with developing on Android and came across a page ( ) that seemed to be helpful. It advised the following requirements:

Eclipse - I ended up downloading Indigo version
JDK - I downloaded v.7
Android SDK - I seem to have downloaded nearly everything!

Once you have downloaded all these, you need to configure Eclipse for Android. It tells you how to do this by pointing to a library -  - but I keep on getting errors regarding missing dependencies and try as I might via various hints and tips on the web, I still end up with:

Cannot complete the install because one or more required items could not be found.
  Software currently installed: Shared profile (
  Missing requirement: Shared profile ( requires 'org.maven.ide.eclipse []' but it could not be found

I've messed around with Maven libraries - but they they complain about a Zest bundle - so, you include Zest and it moans about GEF. You include GEF and it then moans about maven!

I feel I'm rather going round in circles with no knowledge of what I am doing.

So, whilst this question could be about the technicalities of the above, the first thing I would like answered is:

What is the best way to get started in order to be able to write Android Apps - and THEN if the answer is Eclipse/JDK/Android SDK - please can someone tell me how to make them all work together.

Please assume I have absolutely no knowledge of any of the above. I don't even know Java - but I assume all of it must be fairly straightforward once you have some for of IDE and required packages etc.
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