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    Default why do so few people use intellij idea?

    i've used both eclipse and intellij, and between those two, idea is far, FAR better. the debugger is better, ui is better, the editor is better, framework support is better. they are on par feature-wise, but quality-wise, eclipse is far behind. so: why do so many people use eclipse, despite there being a free edition of intellij idea?
    (can't say anything about netbeans, the last version i used was 4.5)


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    Default Re: why do so few people use intellij idea?

    I haven't ever used intellij, but I'll give one big reason why I won't use it based upon the description: intelliJ does not have free Java EE support- eclipse does.

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    Default Re: why do so few people use intellij idea?

    valid reason.

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    Default Re: why do so few people use intellij idea?

    The Eclipse IDE is more than just a Java development platform - It's ease of extensibility and great underlying framework means companies can build their products off of the eclipse platform very easily. For example, the Joke about Iron Python (a C# implementation of the Python language) is that the best IDEs for writing/debugging Iron Python is Eclipse with PyDev, which are written in Java (note that this might change if Microsoft puts enough resources into integrating Iron Python with Visual Studio, but for now this holds true).

    I think the Eclipse IDE is extremely powerful once you know how to use it, but it does have a slightly higher learning curve because some of the features are "non-intuitive" until you learn how to use them (or cope with them), or simply hidden somewhere in the IDE. An example of this is even after having used Eclipse for a while, I just found out that Eclipse has a conditional break point function, but it's hidden away in an obscure frame that I pretty much never looked at (at least not until I found out about it).

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    Default Re: why do so few people use intellij idea?

    The Eclipse IDE is more than just a Java development platform - It's ease of extensibility and great underlying framework means companies can build their products off of the eclipse platform very easily.
    this is true, but for me as a developer, it's no reason to pick eclipse over another ide. what companies can do with it does not make it a better ide.

    I think the Eclipse IDE is extremely powerful once you know how to use it, but it does have a slightly higher learning curve because some of the features are "non-intuitive" until you learn how to use them (or cope with them), or simply hidden somewhere in the IDE. An example of this is even after having used Eclipse for a while, I just found out that Eclipse has a conditional break point function, but it's hidden away in an obscure frame that I pretty much never looked at (at least not until I found out about it).
    exactly one of my reasons for using intellij idea. the main features are much less hidden. for example, conditional breakpoints are only 1 click or hotkey away. once you are in debug mode and want to edit a breakpoint, you can't miss it. it's like eclipse, just without the detours. which means, i'm simply faster.
    Last edited by hamsterofdeath; August 5th, 2010 at 02:31 AM.

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