Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Customizing Eclipse IDE

In the last year I've become increasingly busy on mobile development. Evaluating many technologies that try to promote code reuse across all major mobile OS, I came to the conclusion that none of these allows you to create an application that really feels native for its environment.

So, starting to develop with Google Android, the more convenient choice is certainly to stay open source with Eclipse. If like me you can't develop smoothly as long your IDE is not customized, here there are some suggestions from which to take inspiration (or I hope so).
Figure 1 - Eclipse IDE in Ubuntu 12.04
First add the Eclipse Color Theme plugin using this software source: http://eclipse-color-theme.github.com/update/. You can do this using Install New Software from the Help menu. This will add Color Theme in the preference window (Window -> Preferences) under General -> Appearance section. The one choosed in Figure 1 is Wombat.

I've also installed a new theme called Dark Juno from here https://github.com/rogerdudler/eclipse-ui-themes. Clone the repository, follow easy instructions in the README file and set the theme in Window -> Preferences -> General -> Appearance.

Finally I suggest you to use a better programming font like Monoco, available here for example. Also this is done in the preference window under Appearance -> Colors and Fonts section. If you don't like it, check out some good blog post on the web about this argument, e.g. this one.

Have fun!