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Programming mobiles with mobiles

It’s a new month. The year is coming to an end pretty fast, and for developers, we may want faster means of developing that application, or implementing that algorithm we have been brainstorming about for ages.

One way to develop an application is by writing with a text editor (e.g. notepad for Windows), saving as a compatible file type and compiling with an SDK (Software Development Kit). For Java, there’s the JDK for Windows, Linux and other Operating Systems. But for easier development, you could (you probably already do) use an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) to accomplish this. There are many available for free, a few of which are NetBeans IDE, and Eclipse IDE.

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In this present dispensation that mobile devices are winning the battle of gadgets, have you thought of doing the one thing usually difficult to do as a developer with your smartphone – Application Development?

Have you asked yourself,

How do I develop applications with my smartphone?

How do I program on my mobile device?

The Answer:

Well, now you can develop applications with your smartphone.

Yes you got that right, YOU CAN DEVELOP APPLICATIONS WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE.

And you can do it for free (at least for the Android platform).

How?

AIDE (Android IDE)

AppFour developer Hans Kratz successfully (with his team) developed an Android application that you can use to develop Android apps “on the go”, and according to the description,

AIDE is an integrated development environment (IDE) for developing real Android Apps directly on Android devices. AIDE supports the full edit-compile-run cycle: write code with the feature rich editor offering advanced features like code completion, real-time error checking, refactoring and smart code navigation, and run your App with a single click.

AIDE will turn your Android tablet with keyboard into a real development box. We use the Transformer Prime running Ice Cream Sandwich to code with AIDE. AIDE will turn your Android Phone into a small development computer to browse and touch your code on the go.

AIDE supports building Apps with Java/Xml and the Android SDK as well as Apps with C/C++ and the Android NDK.

AIDE is fully compatible with Eclipse projects. You can just copy the sourcecode to your device and open the Eclipse project in AIDE to start coding. Alternatively you can keep your sourcecode on your Dropbox – AIDE integrates with Dropbox and allows to easily download from your Dropbox and sync back your changes. AIDE can also open Android Studio projects, which follow the default folder structure.

AIDE supports GIT for professional development

AIDE Premium Key is required for the following features:
– Saving files in larger projects (5+ Java files)
– Git push/commit/branch
– APK publishing
– Offline SDK documentation
– Some customization options

A brief summary of features…

Edit-compile-run cycle:
– Create a sample App with a single click
– Build Java/Xml Apps
– Build C/C++ NDK Apps
– Run your App with a single click
– No root access required
– Incremental compilation for fast build times
– Uses Eclipse .classpath project format for compatibility
– Open default Android Studio projects
– Integrated LogCat viewer

Real-time error checking:
– Real time error analyis throughout the whole project as you type
– Automatic Quick-Fixes for many errors

UI design:
– Preview XML layouts
– Jump from view in the designer to the XML element

Refactoring:
– Rename
– Inline variable
– Introduce variable
– Extract method

Code:
– Code formatter
– Organize imports
– Out-comment code
– Create setters/getters/constructors from fields

Code navigation:
– Goto defintion
– Find usages
– Goto symbol
– Goto class

Editor:
– Very fast editor even with large files
– Code completion for Java and Android XML
– Android online help directly from the code
– Syntax highlighting for Java and XML
– Unlimited Undo/Redo
– Pinch zoom
– Smart expand selection
– Keyboard support with configurable keybindings
– UI optimized for small screens to show as much code/content as possible

Filebrowser:
– Built-in file manager with the most common features: Rename, delete, create file or folder
– Dropbox integration
– Git integration with Commit/Dicard/Push/Pull/Branch/Merge and SSH support.

Permissions explanation:
FULL INTERNET ACCESS – Required for Dropbox, Git integration and Help View

READ SENSITIVE LOG DATA – Required for the LogCat Viewer

MODIFY/DELETE USB STORAGE CONTENTS MODIFY/DELETE SD CARD CONTENTS – Required for saving files and building on the SD CARD

Pretty awesome, isn’t it?

AIDE on Samsung Galaxy Note

AIDE is available for tablets. It also works for smartphones (but developing apps on small screens could be quite worrisome). And if you plan on doing really serious programming, your thumb may not be sufficient, as you might be needing a keyboard for your tablet (well, that’s totally your decision though).

AIDE on Galaxy S2

And, it is fully compatible with your Eclipse IDE, so you have no trouble integrating it with your desktop Eclipse Installation.

AIDE is available on the Google Play Store

Other applications you could also try out are

AnJEdi (Android Java Editor)

Sand IDE

Deuter IDE

Do you have other optional IDEs for mobile devices, Android or Windows Phone? Please feel free to leave your comments below. You can also subscribe, like and share on your favourite social network.

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