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Eclipse Android IDEAccording to the PYPL Index, the Eclipse open source IDE is the second most popular in the world, and the Eclipse Foundation says the most recent version has been downloaded more than 1.8 million times since June 2017. Eclipse began as a Java IDE but has since grown to support many different programming languages. For several years, a version of Eclipse with an Android plug-in (ADT) was the recommended development environment for the Android platform. Although Google has ceased support for ADT, many mobile developers continue to use Eclipse to create Android apps. It comes in multiple versions, including some tailored for Java, Java EE, C/C++ and PHP.

Developer/Owner:The Eclipse Foundation

Key features:

  • Support for multiple languages and operating systems
  • Extensive customization abilities
  • Large marketplace of plug-ins
  • Integration with Git, Maven and many other popular development tools
  • Large community and user base

Programming languages supported: Java, C, C++, C#, Cobol, JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, R, Ruby and many others.

Target operating systems: Any, including Windows, Linux, macOS and Android

Runs on: Any system that supports Java, including Windows, Linux, macOS

System Requirements:

  • 32- or 64-bit Windows, 64-bit macOS, or 32- or 64-bit Linux
  • Java 8 JRE/JDK

Target audience: Professional developers

First production release: November 2001

Most recent update/stable release: Version 4.7 codenamed Oxygen (June 8, 2017)

License: Eclipse Public License (open source)

Price: Free

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