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The best way to learn IDEA

Chris Hendy
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Joined: Mar 04, 2006
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Hi Dmitry

In your opinion are the tutorials on http://www.jetbrains.com/ and the user community sufficient to become productive with IDEA, or is there added benefit to buying the book


IntelliJ IDEA in Action

Will your answer be different for:
1. A new Java Developer who learned the "text editor and command line" way.
2. An experienced Java developer familiar with another IDE

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Jeroen T Wenting
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The best way to learn any tool is to use it.
For someone with experience with similar tools that may not require any additional things beyond the product documentation, while absolute beginners might benefit from 3rd party tutorials.


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Chris Hendy
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I would say that a pre-requsite for learning a tool is to use it, but that is not the best way.

Give a city boy an axe and a tree to down and he is more likely to chop his own foot off.

I have worked with people who have programmed in a language/with an IDE for years and they don't use the full capabilities of the tool - its just a nicely coloured text editor to them.

What I was trying to get at was, the major seling point of IDEA is its increase in Developer productivity. Are the tutorials/documentation sufficient to get the best out of the tool?

For instance on Intellij's site we can find a getting started tutorial:

http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/training/demos/overview.html

and tips on productivity and refactoring

http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/training/tips/
http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/training/refactoring.html

Conversely the book description says:

To not only get you up and running quickly, but to teach you how to use IDEA's powerful software development tools to their fullest advantage. Important product features, including the debugger, source code control, and the many code generation tools, are carefully explained and accompanied by tips and tricks that will leave even experienced IDEA users with "Eureka!" moments of informed programming. Coders just graduating from NOTEPAD and Java IDE veterans alike will profit from the powerful and timesaving expertise provided in this essential programmer's resource.


Hence my question.
Dmitry Jemerov
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Joined: Nov 24, 2006
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Hello Chris,

The productivity tips (which you can find on our Web site and in the product itself) will get you far ahead of using IntelliJ IDEA as a "colored text editor". However, they cover only the most essential features of the product. The book covers the features of the product much more broadly.


Dmitry Jemerov<br />Development Lead<br />JetBrains, Inc.<br /><a href="http://www.jetbrains.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.jetbrains.com/</a><br />"Develop with Pleasure"
Nakata kokuyo
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i would suggest that jetbrain should come out some video clips for beginner, for example, how to import an existing project and create new project or even create a sample struts project,

previously, i was a netbeans 3.6 user, after i see my friend who show me the way he create an application in intellij Idea, then i decided to drop netbeans for it
Dmitry Jemerov
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Hello Nakata,

We do have demos which you can view on our Web site:
http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/training/how_to_start.html
Nakata kokuyo
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thank you for the link Dmitry Jemerov
 
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