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Android Studio vs Nuclide: What are the differences?

Developers describe Android Studio as "Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA". Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready. On the other hand, Nuclide is detailed as "An open IDE for web and native mobile development, built on top of Atom (by Facebook)". A unified developer experience for web and mobile development, built as a suite of packages on top of Atom to provide hackability and the support of an active community.

Android Studio and Nuclide belong to "Integrated Development Environment" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Android Studio are:

  • Flexible Gradle-based build system.
  • Build variants and multiple APK generation.
  • Expanded template support for Google Services and various device types.

On the other hand, Nuclide provides the following key features:

  • Remote development. At Facebook, our web and back-end engineers work on remote development servers in our data centers. Nuclide provides a pair of packages that allow connections over SSH to a lightweight node daemon on the server, making possible remote file editing and syntax/type validation. Of course, this also works for VMs, enabling local development on HHVM, for example.
  • Hack language support. The Hack codebase is one of the largest at Facebook. First-class Hack support — including syntax highlighting, type-checking, autocomplete, and click-to-symbol features — has been an important requirement on Nuclide from the start. We're also excited that the growing Hack community outside the company will be able to enjoy dedicated IDE support.
  • Flow support. For both local and remote JavaScript development, Flow has brought type integrity and the ability to quickly refactor our React components and apps. As it does for Hack, Nuclide supports Flow-specific decorations and editor features in @flow-annotated files.

"Android studio is a great tool, getting better and bet " is the primary reason why developers consider Android Studio over the competitors, whereas "Remote development with SSH" was stated as the key factor in picking Nuclide.

Nuclide is an open source tool with 8K GitHub stars and 745 GitHub forks. Here's a link to Nuclide's open source repository on GitHub.

Google, Lyft, and 9GAG are some of the popular companies that use Android Studio, whereas Nuclide is used by Facebook, Instagram, and Movielala. Android Studio has a broader approval, being mentioned in 928 company stacks & 690 developers stacks; compared to Nuclide, which is listed in 8 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.

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What is Android Studio?

Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.

What is Nuclide?

A unified developer experience for web and mobile development, built as a suite of packages on top of Atom to provide hackability and the support of an active community.
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    What are some alternatives to Android Studio and Nuclide?
    IntelliJ IDEA
    Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
    Visual Studio
    Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
    Eclipse
    Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
    Xamarin
    Xamarin’s Mono-based products enable .NET developers to use their existing code, libraries and tools (including Visual Studio*), as well as skills in .NET and the C# programming language, to create mobile applications for the industry’s most widely-used mobile devices, including Android-based smartphones and tablets, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
    Xcode
    The Xcode IDE is at the center of the Apple development experience. Tightly integrated with the Cocoa and Cocoa Touch frameworks, Xcode is an incredibly productive environment for building amazing apps for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
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    Decisions about Android Studio and Nuclide
    Sezgi Uluçam
    Sezgi Uluçam
    Sr. Software Engineer at StackShare · | 6 upvotes · 67.8K views
    Android SDK
    Android SDK
    Android Studio
    Android Studio
    React Native
    React Native
    Xcode
    Xcode
    Expo
    Expo

    I've recently switched to using Expo for initializing and developing my React Native apps. Compared to React Native CLI, it's so much easier to get set up and going. Setting up and maintaining Android Studio, Android SDK, and virtual devices used to be such a headache. Thanks to Expo, I can now test my apps directly on my Android phone, just by installing the Expo app. I still use Xcode Simulator for iOS testing, since I don't have an iPhone, but that's easy anyway. The big win for me with Expo is ease of Android testing.

    The Expo SDK also provides convenient features like Facebook login, MapView, push notifications, and many others. https://docs.expo.io/versions/v31.0.0/sdk/

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    Julien DeFrance
    Julien DeFrance
    Principal Software Engineer at Tophatter · | 8 upvotes · 54.6K views
    atSmartZipSmartZip
    React Native
    React Native
    Android Studio
    Android Studio
    Objective-C
    Objective-C
    Xcode
    Xcode
    #MobileDev

    As a Engineering Manager & Director at SmartZip, I had a mix of front-end, back-end, #mobile engineers reporting to me.

    Sprints after sprints, I noticed some inefficiencies on the MobileDev side. People working multiple sprints in a row on their Xcode / Objective-C codebase while some others were working on Android Studio. After which, QA & Product ensured both applications were in sync, on a UI/UX standpoint, creating addional work, which also happened to be extremely costly.

    Our resources being so limited, my role was to stop this bleeding and keep my team productive and their time, valuable.

    After some analysis, discussions, proof of concepts... etc. We decided to move to a single codebase using React Native so our velocity would increase.

    After some initial investment, our initial assumptions were confirmed and we indeed started to ship features a lot faster than ever before. Also, our engineers found a way to perform this upgrade incrementally, so the initial platform-specific codebase wouldn't have to entirely be rewritten at once but only gradually and at will.

    Feedback around React Native was very positive. And I doubt - for the kind of application we had - no one would want to go back to two or more code bases. Our application was still as Native as it gets. And no feature or device capability was compromised.

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    Reviews of Android Studio and Nuclide
    Review ofAndroid StudioAndroid Studio
    1. It is pretty neat and stable. I find very few issues with it.

    2. This software provides a good base or platform on building apps and has great features.

    3. I prefer this software since it gives me more options in building my app and has no restrictions.

    How developers use Android Studio and Nuclide
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    papaver uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

    mainly use for building and debugging android projects. used it to test builds out of both unity and ionic. used the plugin version back in the day when i was developing the android app at my startup.

    Avatar of Antoine Praet
    Antoine Praet uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

    Android Mobile Application is partially developed with Android Studio (UI Component only) The core is developed with Xamarin.

    Avatar of Promethean TV
    Promethean TV uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

    PrometheanTV provides SDKs for Android devices and utilizes the Android Studio DE for development and testing purposes.

    Avatar of MadElf1337
    MadElf1337 uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

    Android studio is the best platform for app development & screwing around with the code Also very user-friendly

    Avatar of Nick De Cooman
    Nick De Cooman uses Android StudioAndroid Studio

    Experience with Android Studio in the context of Android Development. Mostly using Genymotion as main emulator.

    Avatar of Paul Rubritz
    Paul Rubritz uses NuclideNuclide

    For development/debugging.

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