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Anyone use IntelliJ Idea 11 by Jetbrains?

Jay Orsaw
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Just curious, I just heard abourt this and it seems interesting, though you have to pay for the ultimate... I use Netbeans and it works great, but I'd like to hear thoughts.
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Yes. I'm very fond of its code completion and refactoring capabilities.


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Jay Orsaw
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Is it worth it to buy? Or is the community version good enough? What other kinds of features does it have? I like Netbeans for it's built in gui support on a lot of things, including JOGL.
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I have the Ultimate version so I'm not sure what's in it that's not in the Community edition. I'd recommend seeing if the Community edition does what you need it to. I'm sure that there must be a chart on the Jetbrains site describing what's in each edition.
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I had a chance to use IntelliJ Idea for some times and there was no impression at all: the UI is naive, project structure is not easy to navigate... thought it is quite fast.


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Nam Ha Minh wrote:I had a chance to use IntelliJ Idea for some times and there was no impression at all: the UI is naive, project structure is not easy to navigate... thought it is quite fast.

I'll completely disagree. I find the projects are very easy to navigate -- even when they are composed of multiple modules. And I'm not even sure what to make of calling a UI "naive". You are, of course, entitled to your opinion. No one tool will satisfy everybody.
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I use it for programming in Scala. Its support for Scala seems to be ahead of the plugins that are available to Eclipse and NetBeans.

You can just try the free Community Edition first and see if you like it. There's a comparison chart that shows what the difference is between the free Community and paid-for Ultimate edition. The main differences are that the Ultimate edition has support for many Java EE standards that the Community edition doesn't have.


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Jay Orsaw
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Jesper de Jong wrote:I use it for programming in Scala. Its support for Scala seems to be ahead of the plugins that are available to Eclipse and NetBeans.

You can just try the free Community Edition first and see if you like it. There's a comparison chart that shows what the difference is between the free Community and paid-for Ultimate edition. The main differences are that the Ultimate edition has support for many Java EE standards that the Community edition doesn't have.


Yeah I saw the chart, wasn't sure what a lot of that did, but like you said Java EE stuff.
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If you don't know what something is, chances are you don't need it.
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I use IntelliJ XI for Clojure real-world development and it is awesome. Code completion, code formatting and other nuggets are working seamlessly.
Jay Orsaw
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So is there a GUI builder type thing like in Netbeans?
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I have no idea -- I only write web apps. I'm sure you can figure out if it has what you need at the JetBrains site, or by installing the Community Edition and trying it out.
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Jay Orsaw wrote:So is there a GUI builder type thing like in Netbeans?

Have you used the Netbeans GUI builder? I find it useful for quick and dirty demo programs, but totally useless for professional work. Its just too crude.

While I haven't used Idea, I've been using Netbeans for many years. That some competing IDE doesn't have Netbeans' GUI tools is not a downside in my eyes.
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If you want to buy it, it's a good idea to do it now, they have discounts for Easter until April 16:

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30% off IntelliJ IDEA 11.
Jay Orsaw
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Pat Farrell wrote:
Jay Orsaw wrote:So is there a GUI builder type thing like in Netbeans?

Have you used the Netbeans GUI builder? I find it useful for quick and dirty demo programs, but totally useless for professional work. Its just too crude.

While I haven't used Idea, I've been using Netbeans for many years. That some competing IDE doesn't have Netbeans' GUI tools is not a downside in my eyes.


I tend to agree it is good for somethings, but yeah after awhile it can cause some issues, especially with their properties, but I do like previewing and having it set up in front of me though.... It can also make users be too dependent on it, which I sometimes find myself, but it does things easier than hardcoding as well...

I'll look into it, but Idk if I will buy it, I'll try out the community version first and see how it compares to Netbeans...

If anyone has anything else they want to add I would appreciate it .
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I have started to use it off late, and I like that fact that it allows me to open multiple projects in a new window. I am not sure if other IDEs support that. But otherwise its interface is clean, then it has loads of plugins to choose from.


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Jay Orsaw
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Ok so I downloaded it and it's asking for the sdk, either Java SDk or the SDk Jetbrains one... Why would it ask thge sdk when itself is the sdk, or am I missing something here? Also I cannot find the path to the SDK.....
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Where did you download it from? And what exact message does it show and when?

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Jaikiran Pai wrote:Where did you download it from? And what exact message does it show and when?


I downloaded both from their website(community and ultimate) and when I goto make a new project it asks for the SDK... On the community it gives me a choice of Android, Their own SDK, and then some other Java SDK, and when you clcik on one it asks you to browse... In the ultimate they just ask and want you to browse.

I can understand if it's an Android Project or not, but idk why it's asking for it's own SDK, and I cannot find it at all either...


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It needs to know where any external JDK that you want to use is located. What platform are you on?
Jay Orsaw
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Bear Bibeault wrote:It needs to know where any external JDK that you want to use is located. What platform are you on?


I'm using Java 7, I was able to open up an eclipse project, however is there a way to convert a netbeans project? I'm having an issue with some of the code, it's saying that it's "compiled" code, and the gui form wont work in IDEA's gui... There is conversions for Maven, Eclipse, and some other IDE, but nothing for Netbeans...

http://wiki.jetbrains.net/intellij/NetBeans_FAQ

Meh pain in the butt :P, maybe it was a bad idea to goto Netbeans from Eclipse .


Hum..... It changed my Netbeans class the first time, now this time it's giving me errors for everything, saying things like "JLabel" doesn't exist. I'm closing this down for a bit, I'll look into it when I have more time, for now I think I'll stick to Netbeans...
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Thought of updating here about my experience using IntelliJ. To be frank I am enjoying using IntelliJ and have been coding more than when I used to use Eclipse/Netbeans/Simple Text editor. I found it to be pretty fast, I havent explored the use of shortcut keys, using templates to generate code like "psvm" in Netbeans would generate the public static void main (String[] args).
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