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What is IntelliJ IDEA?

Out of the box, IntelliJ IDEA provides a comprehensive feature set including tools and integrations with the most important modern technologies and frameworks for enterprise and web development with Java, Scala, Groovy and other languages.
IntelliJ IDEA is a tool in the Integrated Development Environment category of a tech stack.

Who uses IntelliJ IDEA?

Companies
1348 companies reportedly use IntelliJ IDEA in their tech stacks, including Lyft, HENNGE, and Client Platform.

Developers
16394 developers on StackShare have stated that they use IntelliJ IDEA.

IntelliJ IDEA Integrations

Java, Azure DevOps, Spring Framework, Grails, and Windows 10 are some of the popular tools that integrate with IntelliJ IDEA. Here's a list of all 36 tools that integrate with IntelliJ IDEA.
Public Decisions about IntelliJ IDEA

Here are some stack decisions, common use cases and reviews by companies and developers who chose IntelliJ IDEA in their tech stack.

christy craemer
christy craemer

UPDATE: Thanks for the great response. I am going to start with VSCode based on the open source and free version that will allow me to grow into other languages, but not cost me a license ..yet.

I have been working with software development for 12 years, but I am just beginning my journey to learn to code. I am starting with Python following the suggestion of some of my coworkers. They are split between Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA for IDEs that they use and PyCharm is new to me. Which IDE would you suggest for a beginner that will allow expansion to Java, JavaScript, and eventually AngularJS and possibly mobile applications?

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Dieter Vekeman
Dieter Vekeman
Developer at Tinkhaven | 8 upvotes 路 16.3K views
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We use IntelliJ IDEA because

  • Free Community Edition
  • Powerful IDE
  • Good support for elm through the intellij-elm plugin
  • Good support for haskell through the Intellij Haskell Plugin
  • Refactoring
  • Searching & replace
  • Built-in terminal
  • Git support (very good diff tool)
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Andrey Kurdyumov
Andrey Kurdyumov
Sr. Software developer | 6 upvotes 路 109.6K views

I use Visual Studio because it provides me best default configuration for development. Less choice helps me concentrate on the product. In a sense it is iPhone of software development for me. When my laptop broke, I just download latest version of VS and start coding without any configuration. For sure it has best editor in terms of perceived responsiveness. Could not say the same for IntelliJ IDEA unfortunately.

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Theodore Omtzigt
Theodore Omtzigt
CEO at Stillwater Supercomputing | 6 upvotes 路 19.1K views

We brought Visual Studio Code into our tools environment alongside IntelliJ IDEA's line up and Visual Studio because some of our customers wanted a free IDE to distribute among their development teams. Since we do a lot of open source development and integration, we now use Visual Studio Code to double check that the code we are communicating with our commercial customers can be processed consistently.

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Alex A
Alex A
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Well, this one was simply. For many ears I was trying to use a bunch of free IDE's. Some of them were kinda fine, but every now and then they were a cause of frustration. At some point, a decided to spend the money for an IDE that everyone talks about. IntelliJ IDEA is the one. Since then, I never looked back and even happy to extend the subscription. So, for the company it was not even a question of what to use. :)

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I use WakaTime because it provides interesting information about my coding time. I have plugin for Visual Studio Code and IntelliJ IDEA (my favourite IDEs). Wakatime uses fancy graphs to vizualize time spending on project. With Wakatime I can improve my productivity by focusing on right project.

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IntelliJ IDEA's Features

  • Smart Code Completion
  • On-the-fly Code Analysis
  • Advanced Refactorings
  • Database Tools
  • UML Designer
  • Version Control Tools
  • Build Tools

IntelliJ IDEA Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA?
Eclipse
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
PhpStorm
PhpStorm is a PHP IDE which keeps up with latest PHP & web languages trends, integrates a variety of modern tools, and brings even more extensibility with support for major PHP frameworks.
Android Studio
Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
PyCharm
PyCharm鈥檚 smart code editor provides first-class support for Python, JavaScript, CoffeeScript, TypeScript, CSS, popular template languages and more. Take advantage of language-aware code completion, error detection, and on-the-fly code fixes!
WebStorm
WebStorm is a lightweight and intelligent IDE for front-end development and server-side JavaScript.
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IntelliJ IDEA's Followers
13093 developers follow IntelliJ IDEA to keep up with related blogs and decisions.
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