Chapter 5. A Bit About Eclipse
Eclipse is an extremely popular integrated development environment (IDE), particularly for Java development. It is also designed to be extensible via an add-in system. To top it off, Eclipse is open source. That combination made it an ideal choice of IDE for the core Android developer team.
Specifically, to go alongside the Android SDK, Google has published some add-ins for the Eclipse environment. Primary among these is the Android Developer Tools (ADT) add-in, which gives the core of Eclipse awareness of Android.
What the ADT Gives You
The ADT add-in, in essence, takes regular Eclipse operations and extends them to work with Android projects. For example, with Eclipse, you get the following features (among others): ...