My primary workstation is Macbook Pro with OSX Lion.
Perfect for Web development (Symfony, Rails, etc), my past OS was Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS – the same, but without good video and flash movies 🙂
When I decided to develop application for Samsung Smart TV I was Googling for best practices in developing such project.
The thing was that it’s very new and only resource for this was www.samsungdforum.com and russians pristavka.de website.
The SamsungDForum is perfect for novices and this is official forum for Samsung SmartTV developers.
They provide developers with own IDE and I decided to try this too.
I was disappointed, very unuseful product, no any code completion, go-to-class-declarations, refactoring features and so on. Like I used to use in my favorite IDE IDEA/PHPStorm from IntelliJ guys. This is related to all their IDE versions from 1.x to 3.0.x.
Few days ago I found they released new IDE based on Eclipse and I thought “finally, they quit trying make something own and decided to make something good” 🙂 And I tried this Smart TV Eclipse IDE too.
And deleted it because there is almost nothing new from original Eclipse. Why? Below are reasons.
- You cannot choose which Smart TV emulator to use to test your project – there is only one as default. I believe using Eclipse shortcuts you can set up all three emulators for this. But this feature should be out of the box!
In general this is good step for Samsung IDE developers to use Eclipse. I hope they will give us very useful product very soon and for Mac OS too!
But for now I continue using the following tools for Smart TV development:
- Virtualbox for running Windows 7 (you dont need it if you already work on Windows)
- IntelliJ PHPStorm for coding
- Standalone Smart TV Emulators for visual testing
As for using standalone Smart TV Emulator you need to download entire SDK for Eclipse and create project in its “apps” folder to have emulators see your project.