Android gets its own Android Java IDE in AIDE
Android finally gets a self-contained IDE for developing real Android Apps directly on Android devices
It’s been a long time coming, but Android finally has its own
integrated development environment with the release of AIDE
– an Android Java IDE that means Android developers now longer have
to rely upon an separate machine to write their applications and
can keeping it strictly in-house.
AIDE supports the entire edit-compile-run cycle: you
can write, compile and run your app on an Android device – a big
leap and no doubt part of their move to becoming a
self-preservation society. Once you had to develop on an Eclipse
IDE or otherwise, now you don’t even need to leave the Android
ecosystem. It’s fully compatible with Eclipse projects too, so if
you need to develop on the go, you can port it straight over to
Even though they’re currently at beta 8, AIDE looks more
than just than an editor as it
has code-completion, real-time error-checking and
highlighting, code-refactoring, formatting, and smart navigation,
as well as compilation and execution of APKs.
It’s also free – why would you avoid this?
The emphasis no doubt will be placed upon being able to develop
straight on tablets, yet it’s possible to even do it on your
Android phone as well. Tablets are now more than capable to compile
and process Java, and it would be simply absurd to make Android
developers do all the work on a brand new desktop system.
Sure it may not be the first IDE to usurp the likes of Windows,
Linux et al, but it’s a logical step towards Android-centric
development. With interest piqued from the community, how the small
German team handle their revolutionary IDE in the future will be
incredibly interesting to see. Check out the developer’s
site and follow them on Twitter @AndroidIDE. Download
and get developing in an entirely new way. You will need a keyboard
for your tablet though – just in case.