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

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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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