IntelliJ IDEA 10 IDE Coming With Full Android Support


Though Google’s only officially supporting Eclipse for its Android development tools and SDK, it’s possible to use the SDK with other IDEs. JetBrains have announced version 10 of their IDE – IntelliJ IDEA – and has included full Android support: everything up to Android 2.3 will be supported in the free Community Edition.


To what extent they’ve supported the SDK I don’t know, but I do know one thing: I liked Intellij IDEA a whole lot more than I did Eclipse or any other IDE when I was still a budding code monkey. Many others are sure to tell you they feel the exact same way. (Except for those pesky purists who use nothing but vim and emacs.) Read on for full press details.

December 9, 2010
IntelliJ IDEA Turns 10, Enters New Evolutionary Decade
JetBrains reinvents IntelliJ IDEA with a stack of new features in both free and ultimate editions, adds Android support to the free Community Edition

Prague, Czech Republic, December 9, 2010 — JetBrains, the creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing tools for software developers, have announced the public availability of IntelliJ IDEA 10, the newest version of its award-winning IDE for JVM-based and polyglot development.

The tools developers use today determine what kind of software we will use tomorrow. As the inventor and champion of many developer productivity concepts, with this release IntelliJ IDEA enters a new decade of excellence and innovation.

“During the last few years we’ve seen a boom of new cool technologies that every developer wanted to use. And IntelliJ IDEA has been on the cutting-edge, supporting them all,” said Max Shafirov, IntelliJ IDEA project lead. “Last year the industry settled down somewhat on a stack of technologies used for application development, and we took this chance to review IntelliJ IDEA from the user experience perspective. We revisited the most common actions that developers perform dozens or hundreds of times a day and made them smarter, faster and easier to use.”

To remain on the cutting edge, IntelliJ IDEA 10 brings numerous improvements for its many supported technologies and frameworks including Spring, GWT, Groovy/Grails, and Flex/ActionScript while adding new ones like Spring Roo, AspectJ and ColdFusion.

JetBrains also expands the target market for its Community Edition with the addition of Google Android support. The IDE offers comprehensive support for the latest Android SDK and modern Android development practices such as unit testing.
The key features of this version include:

* Significant enhancements to the user interface and user experience, both in the editor and the IDE as a whole
* 100% faster code indexing, and an overall performance increase
* New code completion behavior with automatic invocation while typing
* Better support for distributed version control systems such as Git and Mercurial
* Updated Maven integration with Maven 3 support, new dependency diagram, POM refactorings and more
* Integrated database table editor

To learn more about what’s new in JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA and to download the edition of your choice, please visit the official IntelliJ IDEA website at http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/?IJ10PR.
About JetBrains

JetBrains is a technology-leading software development firm specializing in the creation of intelligent, productivity-enhancing software. The company is widely known for its award-winning Java™ integrated development environment IntelliJ® IDEA (see details at http://www.jetbrains.com/idea), TeamCity — a continuous integration and build management environment (http://www.jetbrains.com/teamcity), and YouTrack — an innovative web-based bug tracker (http://www.jetbrains.com/youtrack), among others. JetBrains maintains its headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic and has R&D labs in St. Petersburg, Russia and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information see http://www.jetbrains.com.

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. Yeay, more development IDK support means more developer support means Android FTW!!

    Im first.

  2. There goes the “you get what you pay for”-argument against eclipse.

  3. Ok, its good they are supporting it, but Quentyn please!!! Do not suggest that IntelliJ is better than eclipse ok!!!

    It’s a nightmare product! Do you know how many man hours have been wasted on my old project waiting for that thing to stop loading/refreshing/memory hogging.


  4. @Lekky really? Well to be fair, I haven’t used IntelliJ since version 7, but it was a lot better then than Eclipse Galileo or Helios is now. For me, anyway. Ah well, it won’t float everyone’s boat.

  5. IntelliJ IDEA is far and away better than Eclipse. I swear it reads my mind sometimes. Develop with pleasure!

  6. I have around 6 apps in the market all developed on IntelliJ. IntelliJ is by far the best IDE for Java and Android. Even on .Net side VS studio feel lame without reSharper the sister product of IntelliJ

  7. I feel bad for anyone who uses intellij, I for one started using it at work (been always using Eclipse) and God its a freakin nightmare and horrible. The shortcuts, the panels, the performance all horrible.

  8. VIM for the WORLD!!!

  9. I guess it depends what you started to develop on. I’m Eclipse user and never felt the need to switch. But I might to try it one day :)

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