Andmore 0.5-M1 Released

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Android development using eclipse has taken a step forward today.  The first stable milestone release is ready for you, the user community to kick the tires, and start to use for your development.  Full details can be found in the New and Noteworthy section for the release notes.

There is a p2 site for your installation needs, and it is recommended that you not install both Android Developer Tools and Andmore into the same IDE.

http://download.eclipse.org/andmore/milestone/0.5-M1/

Add the above url to your available software sites.

Andmore contains all the functionality and features of Android Developer Tools, plus a lot more.    Also, thanks to Ricardo Gladwell for updating the m2e-android plugin to support Andmore.  This means that if you are using maven already, you can continue to do so with Andmore to continue developing Android applications and manage your dependencies.  The p2 site for maven support is:

http://rgladwell.github.io/m2e-android/updates/master/

So what about Gradel support and the the android gradle plugin?  Right now this is targeted for 0.5-M2.   There is a lot of stuff that needs to occur in order for this to happen.  For one thing, AAR support is necessary.   We also need to look into what extension points that the Buildship project will offer.  Will Andmore need to provide any extension points to allow Maven and Gradel to have more control over the build process?

Limitations with the current Andmore release:

  • No AAR support
  • No Gradel support
  • Android API 22 has limited support.  The only piece that may give you an error message is the GUI Layout editor.  If this happens change the API level in the editor from 22 to 21 or lower.

There is plenty to do yet, and the project is very open to contributions from the community.  If you would like to help out with any of the remaining work, do not hesitate to fork the repo on Github, and submit a pull request.   Andmore will be what the community makes it.  Bugs and Feature requests can be opened at:

https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/enter_bug.cgi?product=andmore

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