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14 May 2013, 11:48

Native Android apps now possible with AIDE 2.0

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With software like AIDE, an Android IDE that runs on the Android platform, it is possible to develop for the mobile platform on the move, and with version 2.0 of AIDE that can now include writing C/C++ or using the IDE's new design interface. The new version's professional edition also features improved integration with the Git distributed version control system. AIDE runs on Android phones and tablets and offers traditional IDE features such as automatic code completion, error highlighting, refactoring and code navigation.

Support for C/C++ has been added by integrating the Android NDK (Native Development Kit). The NDK allows apps to be written on an Android device or, using Eclipse, a desktop computer. Applications developed using the NDK and Eclipse can be imported into AIDE in the same way that it is already possible to import Java applications with no changes required.

Changes to the design interface mean that, by switching to the new Design View, users can see changes to a layout without having to rebuild and run the application. The professional version of AIDE 2.0 also enables users to set up a new Git repository while creating a new app. There's also new support for Git branching, merging and branch deletion from within the IDE.

AIDE 2.0 is available free of charge from Google's Play store with a version that handles projects with fewer than five source files. A professional version requires a premium key that unlocks the full version that allows larger projects to be saved, APK publishing and Git support. That key can be purchased for £8.72, also from the Play store.



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