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Which IDE for developing Android application?

 
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Hi Mark,

You metioned few times here you personally don't use Eclipse IDE, since android offical website recommended it, I wonder what IDE do you use for your development?

Do you deploy your application to a device for testing? What phone do you use? T1? As some of us not in the US, do you have any recommendation on what phone to pick as an alternative phone for developing Android application?



 
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I wonder what IDE do you use for your development?



I don't use any IDE. I used to use jEdit as a programmer's editor, but recently switched to Komodo Edit. That, a Linux bash prompt, and Android SDK tools like DDMS, and I'm happy.

Do you deploy your application to a device for testing? What phone do you use?



I have a T-Mobile G1.

As some of us not in the US, do you have any recommendation on what phone to pick as an alternative phone for developing Android application?



Buy a T-Mobile G1 off of eBay or some local equivalent. The ADP1 (Android Developer Phone) has limitations with respect to downloading copy protected apps off the Android Market that, for many people, make it unsuitable except for firmware development. The G1's I saw on eBay yesterday were all less expensive than the ADP1, and many were available for international delivery. So long as they are unlocked for you, you should have no problems using them with an existing GSM SIM, though you may not get 3G access. 3G access is handy, but I don't have 3G service where I live, so it is certainly not essential for development purposes.
 
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My vote is for Netbeans, but I guess Eclipse would be fine as well. Just spreading the word about Netbeans...
 
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The difference between using Eclipse and Netbeans is that the Eclipse ADT plugin allows you to do it without touching build scripts..whereas the NetBeans plguin doe snot and thus you would have to use positron, an ant task library for android development, which can be found at googlecode.com

 
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I guess editor/IDE is just personal perference more than anything else in this case, but it always a good idea to check what other people into. Netbeans is getting better last time I look at it when they send me the new release, but personally still perfer eclipse.
 
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Mac IntelliJ IDE
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I am quite happily using Intellij IDEA for my Android development.
My IDE setup - Android on IDEA.
 
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I use JCreator 3.0 and ANT 1.7 for Android development.
 
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eclipse or netbeans
 
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Hi folks,

I have personal experience of working for Android in Eclipse using the ADT plugin.
The debugger provided by Android is very helpfull.

NetBeans had good support for J2ME applications,with all those drag and drops.Hopefully they will come up
with similar stuff for Android.

There is a tool called Droidraw for Android high Level UI development[ xml] ,which is very handy for begginers.

Regards,
Darshan.
 
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I use Eclipse exclusively. The Eclipse Android plug-in is a big time saver; for example when you copy a file into your resource directory, it automatically adds a reference to the resource to your "R.java" file. Although other tools are supported, Eclipse is the tool of choice for the Android team at Google.

My rule of thumb advice is: If you're already very familiar with a particular IDE then use that, otherwise use Eclipse. Get the full Java EE Eclipse package even though you're not doing Java EE programming because you'll need the editors it contains for best results.
 
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i tried eclipse in the very beginning and it worked pretty good.. I would go with eclipse
 
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Here is a very detailed and easy to follow step by step guide for setting up everything you need to get started.
The tutorial will show you how to install and configure
  • Eclipse 3.5
  • Android 2.1 (Android SDK rev 4)
  • JAVA (JDK 6 Update 18)
  • Setup virtual device


  • Then follow the Hello World tutorial at the same blog.

    [Tutorial] Step by Step Guide to Setup Eclipse and Android 2.1 SDK
     
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