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Adobe AIR

Hackathons, making prototypes, testing an idea out with your team to see if it works before embarking on a more ambitious project. Currently we don't really use Adobe Air for any end user experiences.
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Eclipse

I like to work with Eclipse when I have to develop very large and robust projects. It also allows me to integrate several technologies into a project. I like it a lot when I use continuous integration since it handles the necessary plugins for that and works all from the IDE. The truth is, it is very comfortable to work from the IDE, perform unit tests quickly and easily and is ideal when you are going to work with Java-based technologies.
When you have a robust project with several layers, it is ideal to use Eclipse since you can define a very complex architecture and you can approach it in a very simple way. When you create a project from scratch you can use several configurations to prepare your project architecture much more readable.
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Pros

  • Cross-platform functionality. Apps can work on different operating systems.
  • Easy to convert existing applications.
  • Very good support and documentation.
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  • The JUnit tests are really handy when it comes to testing the code before pushing it.
  • Easy integration with GIT.
  • Writing Automation scripts has been simplified in Eclipse, you can import external JAR files to add a lot more functionalities and POM to import the unknown JARs into the project.
  • Plugin support is excellent.
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Cons

  • The technology is proprietary, and running apps created on AIR depend on Adobe's runtime to work.
  • It updates a little too often, but this is typical of Adobe in general.
  • No Windows phone support, as far as I can tell.
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  • Some of the UI controls are difficult to use. For example, there have been instances where I could barely see the UI controls, and there was no way to enlarge them. Which was frustrating.
  • Eclipse itself has a learning curve to it. If this is your first real IDE, you should take some time to learn all the controls to get the most out of Eclipse.
  • In the past, graphic rendering can take a long time depending on how fast your computer is. My computer is quite capable but sometimes still Eclipse performance issues.
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Eclipse9.0
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I love this product, what makes it one of the best tool out in the market is its ability to function with a wide range of languages.The online community support is superb, so you are never stuck on an issue.The customization is endless, you can keep adding plugins or jars for more functionalities as per your requirements.It's Free !!!
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Adobe AIR7.0
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Although Adobe AIR is just an SDK without an actual "UI" it's commonly used within Flash, Flash Builder, or FlashDevelop. Considering the integration with Flash IDE, there are very few tools that can compete with its features.
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Alternatives Considered

Appcelerator is open source and is very good, but my company wanted something more business-oriented and with more formal support.
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Main reason to use Eclipse is that it is open source product and it is having all the features that the developer needs. So it is not necessary to bear additional costs for IDEs.
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Return on Investment

  • It's made creating training apps easier and the apps more portable, saving time. No need to create apps for each platform.
  • Since it enables us to use in house talent to create apps, we can save on some outsourcing.
  • Cost of the license is not too expensive compared to the alternatives.
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  • It has saved us the cost of purchasing commercial IDEs because it's free but powerful enough.
  • It has expedited our development process a lot due to its excellent integration with Tomcat, Maven and SVN.
  • It has helped us with code quality due to its great integration with JUnit and Sonar.
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Adobe AIR

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Free Trial
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Eclipse

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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