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IntelliJ Android IDE Going Open

10.20.2010
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JetBrains just announce that they'd be making the Android IDE plugin available in the free edition of IntelliJ IDEA 10 saying, "Yes, you’ve read it correctly. No mistake here."  JetBrains' Eugene Toporov blogged about the announcement this week while also celebrating the one year anniversary of IntelliJ's free and open source community edition IDE.  In a DZone article, he analyzes the impact of JetBrains' open source decision in terms of user growth and sales.

IntelliJ IDEA 10 (X) is expected to be released later this fall.  The community edition, first released in version 9, features plugins for Scala, Clojure, Java ME, and OSGi development.  Android development was only supported in the commercial edition, but expect that to change in IntelliJ X.

Toporov assures the community that this is not happening because JetBrains isn't interested in developing the Android IDE themselves.  They're already planning to add several new features to the IntelliJ X version on top of the existing features.

Here you can see in a recent build of IntelliJ X that Android unit testing will be supported:



There will also be new support for Android library project types:



You can also look forward to Maven support for Android projects and quick resource navigation.