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    Hi I am learning Java using Netbeans which is fine however I know that Eclipse has dedicated plugins for Android development which is what I'm interested in. In your opinion could I stick with learning with Netbeans or should I switch to Eclipse now? Thanks

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    In my opinion it is all about your preference. Use whichever you like most. As far as I know you could develop all your projects with something as simple as notepad.

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    Thanks for replying

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    I know that Eclipse has dedicated plugins for Android development which is what I'm interested in
    If NetBeans doesn't have them (which I don't know) I would just do some project(s) in Eclipse to get accustomed to it. I use both, normally Eclipse, and NetBeans as editor in JMonkey (3D-java), and they are both great (personally I prefer Eclipse).
    (If you really are a beginner I would try some programs with notepad, starting apps from the prompt, just to get to grips with the java-basics. But I would never recommend that for serious projects because IDE's have so much to offer. Also as a Netbeans user, try to start making GUI-apps by doing the Swing-coding and layoutmanager-stuff yourself, don't start by using the gui-builder. Do't use that before you don't really need it anymore.)
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    I am pretty sure NB supports Android development (I have seen references to the fact, but the NB site would be the place to go for details.)

    The developer.android.com site seems to assume Eclipse in its documentation, tutorials etc so I would regard that as reason enough to use Eclipse.

    I agree with the point made about being familiar with writing/compiling and running programs using a text editor and the command line. That way you learn more about the compiler options, what jar files involve etc. But for Android development you probably are going to benefit from using an IDE.

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    I had an easier time getting Eclipse up and running with the Android plug in. Also, most of the help I found online referenced the Eclipse plug in.

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