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ADT and normal eclipse [message #1109670] Sun, 15 September 2013 20:17 Go to next message
Dusan Subalee is currently offline Dusan Subalee
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Hey, I've decided i'm going to learn to develop for Android.

I downloaded ADT DEV tools from android developers website and it's basically eclipse with ADT plugin (and maybe some other enhancements, right?)

Anyway my question is since the IDE is different because of that, can i use that IDE for regular Java applications? We use java at school so let's say if i choose new Java project instead of android project it should work just like regular eclipse would, am I right?

If not how do I keep 2 different versions of eclipse? Is it just the matter of giving it different workspaces?

Which do you recommend?

Re: ADT and normal eclipse [message #1109881 is a reply to message #1109670] Mon, 16 September 2013 04:43 Go to previous message
Russell Bateman is currently offline Russell Bateman
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On 09/15/2013 09:13 PM, Dusan Subalee wrote:
> Hey, I've decided i'm going to learn to develop for Android.
>
> I downloaded ADT DEV tools from android developers website and it's
> basically eclipse with ADT plugin (and maybe some other enhancements,
> right?)
> Anyway my question is since the IDE is different because of that, can i
> use that IDE for regular Java applications? We use java at school so
> let's say if i choose new Java project instead of android project it
> should work just like regular eclipse would, am I right?
>
> If not how do I keep 2 different versions of eclipse? Is it just the
> matter of giving it different workspaces?
>
> Which do you recommend?


Eclipse isn't really installed like lots of other software. You can
explode into your filesystem and launch as many copies of Eclipse as you
want.

Yes, any Eclipse that works for ADT development, which is done in Java,
should work for "pure" Java development. You don't have to segregate
Android and non-Android projects into different workspaces.

It's been a few years since I did and then stopped doing ADT, but I used
proper Eclipse downloads, from eclipse.org, and never from anywhere
else. Maybe ADT is more hair-triggered now and you can't simply download
the Android SDK and drop it into the latest Eclipse, but need to use the
bundled set-up. I don't know. If I were to return to Android, I'd sure
try using the latest, genuine Eclipse before drinking the KoolAid.

But if it works for you, do it.

Realize that Android is set up to be developed using Eclipse, but
Eclipse itself has nothing really to do with Android development. You
should have noticed and read this sticky post at the top of the forum:

http://www.eclipse.org/forums/index.php/t/225513/

It will save you some time to know this.
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