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Comment: Still going strong, huge community! (Score 1) 511

by pchenden (#47746075) Attached to: If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

My workplace provides Java consultants for hire, and is doing quite well.
Recruiters are in contact with me every week.
The amount of Open Source Java software available and actively developed, especially libraries, is amazing!
All Android apps are Java-based too.

To balance this out, some of my colleagues and I are looking into other languages and consider ourselves polyglot programmers, not Java-only.
Especially other languages on the JVM like Groovy and Scala are popular.

Comment: Android Studio best there is (Score 1) 140

by pchenden (#46527781) Attached to: Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

I've been an Android developer for three years now. Android Studio has impressed me very much and I've used it every day for the last six months.
It's miles ahead of Eclipse in terms of useability and features.
Android Studio actually makes the coding more fun, as I don't have to spend so much time on the boring and annoying bits!
The second place goes to Intellij IDEA, in my opinion.

I can see no reason to use Eclipse unless you need C-language support for NDK development.
Eclipse doesn't integrate with Google's new Gradle-based build tools for Android. It blows the old ant-based build-tools out of the water.
If you're still using the old on ant/maven build tools for Android, you have a enjoyable experience to look forward to after migrating :)

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