Are you able to give me 3 � 5 reasons for converting from NetBeans to IntelliJ IDEA 7?
I have used IntelliJ IDEA in the past due to client requirements when I was working on-site. I didn�t find it overly exciting to use, though I was much accustomed to NetBeans and slightly narrow-minded.
I have read some other threads you mentioned that JBuilder has UML over IntelliJ as does NetBeans, but you mentioned IntelliJ has refactoring as does NetBeans.
However if you could point out some classy features with comparison to NetBeans you may just dissolve my narrow-mindedness ;-).
I do find NetBeans resource intensive and trying to run other applications along with NetBeans can sometimes bring NetBeans to the slowness of a turtle.
Could you please tell about what technologies you use, so that I could name specific things that would interest you rather than listing random items from our feature list?
Also, comparison on the level of "IntelliJ IDEA has refactorings, NetBeans has refactorings too" doesn't do justice to any of the products. IntelliJ IDEA's refactorings are superior both in sheer number and in implementation quality (they can handle more complicated cases and perform the refactorings without breaking code).
Those are the two concrete reasons I gave to my boss when recommending buying IJ licenses instead of using another free IDE, but really it is the many small things that IJ gets right that make it the best Java IDE, IMHO of course
One of things I like about IDEA is it keeps things simple things simple.. You do not have the flying whooshes and stuff everyplace it just makes things simpler (but you still have to do it!) It has nifty little stuff all over the place like pinned tabs (small thing but useful). Though the shortcuts can get a little tricky to get used to.
I do a lot of work with J2ME and found NetBeans has a nice development environment with some handy visual features to make development easier.
I was also going to ask about the L&F of the IDEA now, but Amit Wadhwaa kindly mentioned some stuff about it.
Thank you all for your responses to my query about IntelliJ. Hopefully I can find a trial version and start a new project using IntelliJ to see how she runs.
Joined: Nov 24, 2006
I'll have to admit that, specifically for J2ME development, NetBeans provides many features which are not currently available in IntelliJ IDEA. You'll have to evaluate whether IntelliJ IDEA's smarter Java support brings more value to you compared to NetBeans' J2ME specific features.