• Android Studio

    From Nightfox@DIGDIST/BATTLEST/FREEWAY to All on Sat Jan 10 10:13:00 2015
    Hi all,

    For Android software development, I just wanted to give a shout out for Android Studio.

    Because Android Studio 1.0 was released last month, we've started our conversion to Android Studio at work (from Eclipse). I hadn't used Android Studio until now, and so far I'm excited about it. The user interface looks really nice, and I'm impressed with its Gradle integration. We were already using Gradle to build our project at work, and I was concerned that Android Studio might not handle a pre-existing customized Gradle build, but it seemed to integrate with it quite well. Android Studio is able to learn what it needs to know by reading your Gradle scripts, and it does that quite well. After importing our project, Android Studio was able to list all of the sub-projects in the IDE just from reading the Gradle scripts, and Android Studio is able to build, clean, etc. by executing the standard Gradle tasks. It seems to work quite well.

    Also, since Gradle is a very flexible build system, you can customize many things about your build (such as the location of the source files, libraries, etc.), and Android Studio is able to incorporate those customizations in your project based on the Gradle script. I've also heard that Android Studio has some nice features for device & UI emulation, allowing you to more easily see your app's UI as you develop it and run your app on emulated devices for Android mobile devices, Android TV, and Android Wear.

    I always thought Eclipse was a bit clunky (it took some time for me to get used to it, coming from IDEs such as Visual Studio), so Android Studio (based on IntelliJ) feels like a fresh change.


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