The following is the first few sections of a chapter from The Busy Coder's Guide to Android Development, plus headings for the remaining major sections, to give you an idea about the content of the chapter.

Choosing Your Development Toolchain

Before you go much further in your Android endeavors (or possibly endeavours, depending upon your preferred spelling), you will need to determine what toolchain you will use to build your Android applications.

Android Studio

The current Google-backed Android IDE is Android Studio. Based on IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio is the new foundation of Google’s efforts to give Android developers top-notch development tools.

The next chapter contains a section with instructions on how to set up Android Studio.

Note, though, that Android Studio requires a fairly powerful development machine to work well: a fast CPU, lots of RAM (8GB or more), and an SSD are all strongly recommended.


Eclipse is also a popular IDE, particularly for Java development. Eclipse was Google’s original IDE for Android development, by means of the Android Developer Tools (ADT) add-in, which gives the core of Eclipse awareness of Android. The ADT add-in, in essence, takes regular Eclipse operations and extends them to work with Android projects.

Note, though, that Google has discontinued maintenance of ADT. The Eclipse Foundation is setting up the “Andmore” project to try to continue work on allowing Eclipse to build Android apps. This book does not cover the Andmore project at this time, and developers are strongly encouraged to not use the ADT-enabled Eclipse from Google.

IntelliJ IDEA

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Command-Line Builds via Gradle

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Yet Other Alternatives

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IDEs… And This Book

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What We Are Not Covering

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