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pros/cons auto-build feature inside IDE

manuel aldana
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Joined: Dec 29, 2005
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hi, these days i am having a try on IntelliJ IDEA (the quick shortcuts and general layout look/feel look promising to me). what i noticed is the lack of auto-build feature (compile straight after saving a file), which i found useful inside eclipse.

i doubt that IntelliJ IDEA folks wouldn't be able to implement an autobuild feature and apart from that quite a few are using this IDE and do not seem to miss it either.

so i am asking what you consider as cons/prons for/against auto-building? i could only think of a performance issue, but so far i did not perceive the time for auto-build inside eclipse noticable.

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Tim Holloway
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I think you're mistaken about the ability to auto-build in IntelliJ. It's almost exactly like Eclipse except that in Eclipse the build classes go out to files and in IntelliJ, the auto-build is done in memory, but you can explicitly build to files.

A certain amount of auto-building is essential for best IDE operation. Auto-completion needs to know about any classes it wants to volunteer completions information for.

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manuel aldana
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i see...

i noticed that the autobuild feature is active, the reason why it did not work was a misconfiguration. i was a bit misguided by a post i read recently, which mentioned that auto-build was not available.

the auto-build even responds quicker as eclipse does (maybe for the inside-memory reason), which is great. and no explicit save is neccessary anymore, which is fantastic (inside eclipse every time a do an edit i just do this annoying standard <Strg>+S)).
i really start to like this IDE, let's see what the evaluation month brings more...
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