Android Studio vs Eclipse vs IntelliJ IDEA

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Android Studio

14.8K
10.7K
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352
Eclipse

1.9K
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+ 1
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IntelliJ IDEA

24.4K
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IntelliJ IDEA vs Android Studio vs Eclipse: What are the differences?

The major difference between these three IDEs (Integrated Development Environments) is the language each supports. IntelliJ IDEA and Eclipse are Java IDEs, while Android Studio is, of course, for Android development.

Decisions about Android Studio, Eclipse, and IntelliJ IDEA
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 219.2K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Manabu Tokunaga
CEO, Co-Founder at WinguMD · | 10 upvotes · 122.9K views

I originally chose IntelliJ over Eclipse, as it was close enough to the look and feel of Visual Studio and we do go back and forth between the two. We really begin to love IntelliJ and their suite of IDEs so we are now using AppCode for the IOS development because the workflow is identical with the IntelliJ. IntelliJ is super complex and intimidating at first but it does afford a lot of nice utilities to get us produce clean code.

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Pros of Android Studio
Pros of Eclipse
Pros of IntelliJ IDEA
  • 171
    Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet
  • 100
    Google's official android ide
  • 35
    Intelligent code editor with lots of auto-completion
  • 25
    Its powerful and robust
  • 5
    Easy creating android app
  • 3
    Amazing Layout Designer
  • 3
    Great tool & very helpful
  • 3
    Great Code Tips
  • 2
    Built in Emulator
  • 2
    Keyboard Shortcuts are Amazing Out of the box
  • 2
    Easy to use
  • 1
    Cc
  • 130
    Does it all
  • 74
    Integrates with most of tools
  • 62
    Easy to use
  • 60
    Java IDE
  • 30
    Best Java IDE
  • 8
    Open source
  • 2
    Great gdb integration
  • 2
    Hard for newbews
  • 1
    Lightweight
  • 1
    Great code suggestions
  • 1
    Professional
  • 1
    Good Git client allowing direct stage area edit
  • 1
    Extensible
  • 0
    Works with php
  • 291
    Fantastically intelligent
  • 240
    Best-in-class ide
  • 187
    Many languages support
  • 152
    Java
  • 118
    Fast
  • 77
    Code analysis
  • 77
    Reliable
  • 75
    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
  • 63
    Plugin architecture
  • 59
    Integrated version control
  • 10
    Code refactoring support
  • 9
    Best java IDE
  • 6
    Local history
  • 5
    Built-in terminal/run tools
  • 5
    Integrated Database Navigator
  • 4
    All
  • 4
    Code Completion
  • 4
    Free If you're a Student
  • 3
    Cross platform
  • 3
    IDE
  • 3
    ERD Diagrams
  • 3
    Database/Code integration
  • 3
    Kotlin
  • 3
    Base for Android Studio
  • 3
    Free for open-source development, students and teacher
  • 2
    Reformating Code
  • 2
    Command-line tools
  • 2
    Out Of The Box features
  • 2
    Android Integration
  • 2
    Server and client-side debugger
  • 2
    Multicursor support
  • 2
    Free
  • 2
    Intuitive
  • 2
    Vim support
  • 2
    Special icons for most filetypes in project list
  • 2
    Live Templates
  • 2
    Supports many frameworks
  • 2
    Scala support
  • 2
    Typescript support
  • 2
    More than enough languages for any developer
  • 2
    Built-in web server
  • 1
    Its fake intellisense is better than real IntelliSense
  • 1
    Open source
  • 1
    So modernised
  • 1
    Clean UI
  • 1
    Works fine with mac os catalina
  • 1
    A lot of plugin
  • 1
    Just works
  • 1
    Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers
  • 1
    Full support
  • 1
    Task managers
  • 1
    Diff tools
  • 1
    File Watchers
  • 1
    Support for various package managers
  • 1
    Integrated Code Linting
  • 1
    Column Selection Mode
  • 1
    Efficient, one Stop solution

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Cons of Android Studio
Cons of Eclipse
Cons of IntelliJ IDEA
  • 4
    Huge memory usage
  • 4
    Slow emulator
  • 2
    No checking incompatibilities
  • 2
    Complex for begginers
  • 1
    Lags behind IntelliJ IDEA
  • 1
    Slow release process
  • 8
    2000 Design
  • 6
    Bad performance
  • 2
    Hard to use
  • 17
    Large footprint required to really enjoy (mem/disc)
  • 11
    Very slow
  • 5
    Bad for beginners
  • 4
    UI is not intuitive
  • 3
    Constant reindexing
  • 3
    Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code
  • 2
    Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power
  • 1
    Built in terminal is slow
  • 1
    Ruby is a plug in
  • 1
    Doesn't work that well with windows 10 edu
  • 0
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What is Android Studio?

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.

What is 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.

What is 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.

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Why do developers choose IntelliJ IDEA vs Android Studio vs Eclipse?

  • IntelliJ IDEA fans call it “fantastically intelligent” and the “best in class IDE.” They appreciate its plugin architecture, integrated version control, and reliability.
  • Android Studio is Google's official Android IDE, and fans call it "a great tool that's getting better and better." They also call it powerful, robust, and helpful.
  • Eclipse "does it all," according to its fans. It's called easy to use, and the "best Java IDE." Users appreciate that it integrates with many tools.
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What are some alternatives to Android Studio, Eclipse, and IntelliJ IDEA?
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
Xamarin
Xamarin’s 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’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
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 is a mobile app SDK to help developers and designers build modern mobile apps for iOS and Android.
Appcelerator
Appcelerator is the first mobile platform to combine the flexibility of open source development technologies with the power of cloud services.
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