More and more smartphone manufacturers have been moving towards on-screen buttons, with Google really pushing for it over the physical button alternative. However, there are still a few OEMs (we're looking at you, Samsung) that have preferred to keep things a bit more traditional. Tell us which way you prefer and why.
Alternative IDE for Android Application Developers
Most of the tutorials out there to get you started in developing Android applications will recommend using Eclipse as an IDE (integrated development environment) and not without good reason. It’s a solid and dependable program that is intuitive and particularly friendly to those with minimal experience. You could almost be forgiven for thinking it was the only viable option given its popularity, but this is far from the truth and there are alternatives.
XDA Senior Member ramdroid77 has taken to the newly launched App Development Forums to talk about his choice of IDE, IntelliJ IDEA. After running into some issues with Eclipse failing to load certain projects on both Windows and Linux, he sought out an alternative and settled with IDEA. One of the reasons for his preference is as follows:
“One big difference (and it seems many people have troubles with it) is IDEA’s handling of library projects. Unfortunately I think this is done in a very logical way, as each “project” is handled as a model. Means you create a project (“My app”), add a module for your main app project, and add new modules for each library project you would add. For each modules you can set the dependencies and say on which modules it depends.”
IDEA itself supports Windows, OSX and Linux, another notable feature is the inclusion of an inbuilt Android UI designer. It also happens to be open source and is available from the JetBrains site as a free download (there is also a paid version with increased functionality). This definitely looks like it might be worth a spin for all of you app developers out there. Be sure to head over to the relevant forum thread and share your experiences as well.
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