Death of Eclipse

Well, it’s not very long since Google has bid adieu to Eclipse Android developer kit. However, the announcement of pulling the plug of Eclipse has been made back in 2015… which, I suppose, is quite a good advance notice to developers to make the requisite changes in the development environment. But still, there was lot of panic among the community who did not take the notification very seriously. With the introduction of Android Studio 2.0 many things came under control.

Here are some add-on features of Android Studio 2.0

  • Instant Run, which previews app changes without new .apk builds
  • Layout Editor, a new interface designer
  • Constraint Layout, a layout engine for building dynamic user interfaces
  • C++ support, via CMake and ndk-build
  • APK Analyzer, for inspecting APK files
  • GPU Debugger
  • Espresso Test Recorder

Well, migrating from one IDE to another is quite an intricate task, but for the betterment of the community we have to deal with it. Well, there are many developers who are really scared. To those, there is no need to worry. Google has made appropriate arrangement in the new ADT to accommodate this change.

There is good news for die hard eclipse fans. “All of your favorite ADT tools are now part of Android Studio, including DDMS, Trace Viewer, Network Monitor, and CPU Monitor. We’ve also improved Android Studio’s accessibility, including keyboard navigation enhancements and screen reader support,” Android product manager Jamal Eason wrote in a blog post.

Well, our in-house android developer has something to say about this. “This migration from Eclipse to Android studio has definitely our productivity level, but I am open for this change. I’ve heard that Android studio will be more feature-rich and easily accessible in future. Till then we are trying to adapt this new IDE. I definitely miss my tuned eclipse.”

With this, we are going to start a series of post to help developers migrating to Android studio… so, stay tuned.