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Alternatives to Android Studio

IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio, Eclipse, Xamarin, and Xcode are the most popular alternatives and competitors to Android Studio.
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What is Android Studio and what are its top alternatives?

Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
Android Studio is a tool in the Integrated Development Environment category of a tech stack.

Top Alternatives to Android Studio

  • IntelliJ IDEA

    IntelliJ IDEA

    Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages. ...

  • Visual Studio

    Visual Studio

    Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications. ...

  • Eclipse

    Eclipse

    Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform. ...

  • Xamarin

    Xamarin

    Xamarin鈥檚 Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry鈥檚 most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. ...

  • Xcode

    Xcode

    The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. ...

  • Flutter

    Flutter

    Flutter is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android. ...

  • Appcelerator

    Appcelerator

    Appcelerator is the first mobile platform to combine the flexibility of open source development technologies with the power of cloud services. ...

  • Firebase

    Firebase

    Firebase is a cloud service designed to power real-time, collaborative applications. Simply add the Firebase library to your application to gain access to a shared data structure; any changes you make to that data are automatically synchronized with the Firebase cloud and with other clients within milliseconds. ...

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IntelliJ IDEA

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PROS OF INTELLIJ IDEA
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    Fantastically intelligent
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    Best-in-class ide
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    Many languages support
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    Java
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    Fast
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    Code analysis
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    Reliable
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    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
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    Plugin architecture
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    Integrated version control
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    Code refactoring support
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    Best java IDE
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    Local history
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    Built-in terminal/run tools
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    Integrated Database Navigator
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    All
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    Code Completion
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    Free If you're a Student
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    Cross platform
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    IDE
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    ERD Diagrams
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    Database/Code integration
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    Kotlin
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    Base for Android Studio
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    Free for open-source development, students and teacher
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    Reformating Code
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    Command-line tools
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    Out Of The Box features
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    Android Integration
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    Server and client-side debugger
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    Multicursor support
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    Free
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    Intuitive
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    Vim support
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    Special icons for most filetypes in project list
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    Live Templates
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    Supports many frameworks
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    Scala support
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    Typescript support
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    More than enough languages for any developer
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    Built-in web server
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    Its fake intellisense is better than real IntelliSense
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    Open source
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    So modernised
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    Clean UI
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    Works fine with mac os catalina
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    A lot of plugin
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    Just works
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    Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers
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    Full support
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    Task managers
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    Diff tools
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    File Watchers
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    Support for various package managers
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    Integrated Code Linting
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    Column Selection Mode
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    Efficient, one Stop solution
CONS OF INTELLIJ IDEA
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    Large footprint required to really enjoy (mem/disc)
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    Very slow
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    Bad for beginners
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    UI is not intuitive
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    Constant reindexing
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    Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code
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    Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power
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    Built in terminal is slow
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    Ruby is a plug in
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    Doesn't work that well with windows 10 edu
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    AAD

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Andrey Kurdyumov

I use Visual Studio because it provides me best default configuration for development. Less choice helps me concentrate on the product. In a sense it is iPhone of software development for me. When my laptop broke, I just download latest version of VS and start coding without any configuration. For sure it has best editor in terms of perceived responsiveness. Could not say the same for IntelliJ IDEA unfortunately.

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Visual Studio

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PROS OF VISUAL STUDIO
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    Intellisense, ui
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    Complete ide and debugger
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    Plug-ins
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    Integrated
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    Documentation
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    Node tools for visual studio (ntvs)
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    Fast
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    Free Community edition
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    Simple
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    Bug free
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    Made by Microsoft
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    Full free community version
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    Productivity Power Tools
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    JetBrains plugins (ReSharper etc.) work sufficiently OK
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    VIM integration
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    Vim mode
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    The Power and Easiness to Do anything in any.. language
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    I develop UWP apps and Intellisense is super useful
CONS OF VISUAL STUDIO
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    Bulky
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    Made by Microsoft

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Secure Membership Web API backed by SQL Server. This is the backing API to store additional profile and complex membership metadata outside of an Azure AD B2C provider. The front-end using the Azure AD B2C to allow 3rd party trusted identity providers to authenticate. This API provides a way to add and manage more complex permission structures than can easily be maintained in Azure AD.

We have .Net developers and an Azure infrastructure environment using server-less functions, logic apps and SaaS where ever possible. For this service I opted to keep it as a classic WebAPI project and deployed to AppService.

  • Trusted Authentication Provider: @AzureActiveDirectoryB2C
  • Frameworks: .NET Core
  • Language: C# , Microsoft SQL Server , JavaScript
  • IDEs: Visual Studio Code , Visual Studio
  • Libraries: jQuery @EntityFramework, @AutoMapper, @FeatureToggle , @Swashbuckle
  • Database: @SqlAzure
  • Source Control: Git
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Maria Naggaga
Senior Program Manager - .NET Team at Microsoft | 7 upvotes 路 312.8K views

.NET Core is #free, #cross-platform, and #opensource. A developer platform for building all types of apps ( #web apps #mobile #games #machinelearning #AI and #Desktop ).

Developers have chosen .NET for:

Productive: Combined with the extensive class libraries, common APIs, multi-language support, and the powerful tooling provided by the Visual Studio family ( Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code ), .NET is the most productive platform for developers.

Any app: From mobile applications running on iOS, Android and Windows, to Enterprise server applications running on Windows Server and Linux, or high-scale microservices running in the cloud, .NET provides a solution for you.

Performance: .NET is fast. Really fast! The popular TechEmpower benchmark compares web application frameworks with tasks like JSON serialization, database access, and server side template rendering - .NET performs faster than any other popular framework.

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Eclipse

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PROS OF ECLIPSE
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    Does it all
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    Integrates with most of tools
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    Easy to use
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    Java IDE
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    Best Java IDE
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    Open source
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    Great gdb integration
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    Hard for newbews
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    Lightweight
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    Great code suggestions
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    Professional
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    Good Git client allowing direct stage area edit
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    Extensible
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    Works with php
CONS OF ECLIPSE
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    2000 Design
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    Bad performance
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    Hard to use

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Dean Stringer

Have been a Visual Studio Code user since just after launch to the general public, having used the likes of Eclipse and Atom previously. Was amazed how mature it seemed off the bat and was super intrigued by the bootstrapped nature of it having been written/based on Electron/TypeScript, and of course being an open-source app from Microsoft. The features, plugin ecosystem and release frequency are very impressive. I do dev work on both Mac and Windows and don't use anything else now as far as IDEs go.

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    Power of c# on mobile devices
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    Native performance
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    Native apps with native ui controls
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    No javascript - truely compiled code
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    Sharing more than 90% of code over all platforms
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    Ability to leverage visual studio
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    Many great c# libraries
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    Mvvm pattern
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    Amazing support
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    Powerful platform for .net developers
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    GUI Native look and Feel
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    Nuget package manager
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    Free
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    Enables code reuse on server
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    Backed by Microsoft
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    Faster Development
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    It's free since Apr 2016
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    Best performance than other cross-platform
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    Easy Debug and Trace
  • 7
    Open Source
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    Use of third-party .NET libraries
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    Xamarin.forms is the best, it's amazing
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    Mac IDE (Xamarin Studio)
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    C# mult paradigm language
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    Microsoft backed
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    Microsoft stack
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    Power of C#, no javascript, visual studio
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    That just work for every scenario
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    Small learning curve for Mobile developers
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    Compatible to develop Hybrid apps
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    Great docs
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    Ionic
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    Well Designed
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    Ability to leverage legacy C and C++
CONS OF XAMARIN
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    Build times
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    Visual Studio
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    Price
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    Complexity
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    Build Tools
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    Support
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    Scalability
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    Nuget
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    Maturity
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    Maturidade
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    Performance

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Finding the most effective dev stack for a solo developer. Over the past year, I've been looking at many tech stacks that would be 'best' for me, as a solo, indie, developer to deliver a desktop app (Windows & Mac) plus mobile - iOS mainly. Initially, Xamarin started to stand-out. Using .NET Core as the run-time, Xamarin as the native API provider and Xamarin Forms for the UI seemed to solve all issues. But, the cracks soon started to appear. Xamarin Forms is mobile only; the Windows incarnation is different. There is no Mac UI solution (you have to code it natively in Mac OS Storyboard. I was also worried how Xamarin Forms , if I was to use it, was going to cope, in future, with Apple's new SwiftUI and Google's new Fuchsia.

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We are developing an AWS IoT app for large boats. The IoT devices have sensors all over the boat for engine oil pressure, position, water depth, fuel level, crew location, etc. When the boat has internet, we interact with AWS cloud using lambda and Amazon DynamoDB. When the boat is offshore, the captain and crew still need normal and emergency alerts and real-time sensor information. The crew might have an Android or IoS phone or a Windows or macOS PC to receive alerts and interact with sensors. We may use the AWS GreenGrasss edge computing solution and either MQTT or HTML for that function.

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Xcode

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    IOS Development
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    Personal assistant on steroids
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    Beautiful
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    Built-in everything
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    Con
CONS OF XCODE
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    Massively bloated and complicated for smaller projects
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    Horrible auto completiting and text editing
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    Very slow emulator

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Our resources being so limited, my role was to stop this bleeding and keep my team productive and their time, valuable.

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    Cross platform
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    Performance
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    Backed by Google
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    Compiled into Native Code
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    Open Source
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    Fast Prototyping
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    Expressive and Flexible UI
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    Fast Development
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    Single Codebase
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    Reactive Programming
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    Material Design
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    Widget-based
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    Dart
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    Target to Fuchsia
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    Great CLI Support
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    IOS + Android
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    Tooling
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    Debugging quickly
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    Easy to learn
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    Have built-in Material theme
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    Target to Android
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    You can use it as mobile, web, Server development
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    Support by multiple IDE: Android Studio, VS Code, XCode
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    Target to iOS
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    Easy Testing Support
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    Have built-in Cupertino theme
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    Good docs & sample code
  • 4
    Easy to Widget Test
  • 4
    Written by Dart, which is easy to read code
  • 4
    Easy to Unit Test
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    Community
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    Real platform free framework of the future
CONS OF FLUTTER
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    Need to learn Dart
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    Lack of community support
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    No 3D Graphics Engine Support
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    Lack of friendly documentation
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    Graphics programming
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    Lack of promotion
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    Https://iphtechnologies.com/difference-between-flutter

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PROS OF APPCELERATOR
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    Open Source
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    Android
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    Easy to learn
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    Javascript
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    IOS
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    Great community
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    Vue.js beta
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    Lots of native modules, components, libraries
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    Native UI
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    MVC-based
  • 1
    Paid plans available
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    Free
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    Write directly to iOS and Android SDK with JavaScript
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    Angular.js beta
CONS OF APPCELERATOR
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    No online IDE

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    Realtime backend made easy
  • 261
    Fast and responsive
  • 233
    Easy setup
  • 206
    Real-time
  • 184
    JSON
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    Free
  • 120
    Backed by google
  • 80
    Angular adaptor
  • 62
    Reliable
  • 36
    Great customer support
  • 25
    Great documentation
  • 22
    Real-time synchronization
  • 19
    Mobile friendly
  • 17
    Rapid prototyping
  • 12
    Great security
  • 10
    Automatic scaling
  • 9
    Freakingly awesome
  • 8
    Chat
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    Super fast development
  • 8
    Angularfire is an amazing addition!
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    Awesome next-gen backend
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    Ios adaptor
  • 5
    Firebase hosting
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    Built in user auth/oauth
  • 4
    Very easy to use
  • 3
    Brilliant for startups
  • 3
    It's made development super fast
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    Great
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    Low battery consumption
  • 2
    The concurrent updates create a great experience
  • 2
    I can quickly create static web apps with no backend
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    Great all-round functionality
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    Speed of light
  • 1
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Good Free Limits
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    .net
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    Serverless
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    Large
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    JS Offline and Sync suport
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    Easy Reactjs integration
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    Faster workflow
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    Push notification
CONS OF FIREBASE
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    Can become expensive
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    No open source, you depend on external company
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    Scalability is not infinite
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    Not Flexible Enough
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    Cant filter queries
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    Very unstable server
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    Too many errors
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    No Relational Data

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