Windows 8 64-bit and Android Debug Bridge (Where is my Galaxy Nexus?)

Tom Opgenorth

Setting up a new VM for development - this one based on Windows 8 64 bit. Not that I really want to, but it seems that I need to for work (yes, yes, first world problems). So the usual fun with standing up a new VM:

  • Install OS
  • Download Chrome and Firefox and ditch IE
  • Download Resharper
  • Remember that you need Visual Studio for Resharper so install that.
  • Install Java SDK
  • Install Android SDK
  • Install Intellij and Eclipse
  • etc.

Of course, then I notice that my phone, a Galaxy Nexus, isn’t being recognized by Android Debug Bridge. This is a problem as I much prefer to develop using a device as opposed slow emulator that Google ships for Android, and you can’t deploy to the device without ADB.

Where Windows Beats Linux

Tom Opgenorth
Most who know me are aware that, despite being a .NET developer and a Microsoft MVP, I'm a bit of a Linux freak at heart.  I actually prefer Linux to Windows.  Linux has come a long way in the past 18 years, although I've only been tinkering with it off and on for the past 9 years or so.  I will admit that perhaps Linux on the desktop isn't quite there for the average consumer, but for me it.