domingo, 22 de noviembre de 2009

My vim for android devlopement environment

I haven't blogged for a long time, and I would have liked to be able to blog about my Gnome soc project, but unfortunately, I have other priorities. As part of my studies, I had to do some development for the android platform, and since the last summer, I can't use other development environment than Vim, I decided to find a way of using it for my android project.

So here is the description of my Vim environment for android applications development. I use vim 7.2, the version distributed with Ubuntu 9.10, the Vjde plugin, terminator as a terminal (which by the way is a great terminal emulator!!) and then last android JDK in order to develop application for android2.0 (eclaire).

First I installed the SDK (there are a few bugs on the emulator installation due to this bug and an this ssl problem. I fallowed this guide to set the sdk. Then, I installed the Vjde plug-in which is a Vim plug-in to get a Java development environment in Vi, this plugin permit to add intelligent completion for methods calls as well as for imports (I only unziped this in you ~/.vim directory). Afterward, I created my android project (this page explains well how to do it). And then I created an vjde project, in vim:

:Vjdeas filename.prj

This is actually a text file which permit to save variables to you project. Then I set it Vjde to look at android class, methods and package, in vim:

:let g:vjde_lib_path='/path/to/android/sdk/platforms/android-2.0/android.jar:build.classes'

And save it

:Vjdesave

Thanks to it, I can have functions/imports completion available with the CTRL-X+CTRL-U key combination (I need to load the project(:Vjdeload filename.prj) every time I want to work on it, I think there must be a way of doing it automatically but didn't figure it out yet). It would also be possible to get the documentation integration thanks to the Vjde plugin, but I am used to have it in another window.

Then to try the program on the android emulator, I lunch the emulator, and in a terminal:

ant debug && adb install -r bin/yourAppName-debug.apk

You can then launch it in the android emulator menu (I looked for a way of lunching the program directly from the command line, but didn't find :( ). To debug the app, you can launch the ddms tool which is part of the android sdk.

I hope this could be useful for some people who want to develop for the android platform and don't want to use eclipse or netbeans IDE.



Edit: I find a good trick to manage the make and install thing, base from here. I added the following (executable) file to ~/.local/bin/vimAntAndroid:

#!/bin/sh
ant debug -Dbuild.compiler.emacs=true -quiet -find build.xml 2>&1 | grep '\[javac\]'
echo "Installing..."
adb install -r ${1} | grep 'null'
And then in Vim

set makeprg=vimAntAndroid

10 comentarios:

  1. Hi, thanks for the post. Did you manage to make autocomplete from R.java working?

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  2. The R.java is the automaticly generated file right?
    I think it should work doing something like:

    :let g:vjde_lib_path='/path/to/R.java:build.classes'

    I didn't do it because my R.java is prety empty actually!

    Apart from that did you use more or less my config and did it work well?

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  3. Hm.. it seems not to work. Also it doesn't autocomplete method you define in your classes.

    I'd like to have autocomplete for src/ and gen/ directories. I tried many variations of this:

    let g:vjde_lib_path='/Volumes/Data/Users/Pavel/Android/android-sdk-mac_86/platforms/android-2.1/android.jar:src/com/fryit/fryar:gen/com/fryit/fryar'

    But without any luck.

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  4. According to this it should actually work: vhttp://sugree.com/node/479

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