For android development I do my best to avoid Eclipse by using TextMate and the command line. The biggest missing piece with this setup was an easy way to get a debugger up and running. A quick trip to Google landed me on Command Line Android Development: Debugging which outlines how to get
jdb attached to a running Android app instance.
I quickly grew tired of typing all of the breakpoints out and invoking a handful of commands, so I hacked together a TextMate bundle I named Android Debug to automate the process.
I have never found a use for TextMate’s bookmarking feature so it seemed like a great place to identify breakpoints. When you invoke the debugging command from TextMate it will find all of the bookmarked lines in the
*.java files in your
src folder and dump them into a
To figure out which app to launch I parse the
AndroidManifest.xml file for the package id and main Activity then launch the app in Waiting For Debugger mode.
Once the app is up and waiting a
jdb instance is launched and reads the breakpoints in from the
.jdbrc file. After getting familiar with all the
jdb commands I feel pretty comfortable debugging this way.
Now that I finally have a quick way to debug I can go easy on
adb logcat. I’m going to try to automate more parts of my Android development workflow in this bundle. There’s probably some good stuff to steal from the abandoned Android TextMate Bundle.
The only remaining pain point for me in this whole setup is
ant. I’d really love it if someone could show me how to get
ant debug to compile faster. Currently changing a single
*.java file requires 30 seconds to get an
apk compiled. It looks like
dx is taking a long time to merge all of the pre-dexed libraries the WordPress for Android project is using.