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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
1962 companies reportedly use IntelliJ IDEA in their tech stacks, including Udemy, CRED, and Tech Stack.

Developers
40226 developers on StackShare have stated that they use IntelliJ IDEA.

IntelliJ IDEA Integrations

Java, Spring Framework, Azure DevOps, TestNG, and ScalaTest are some of the popular tools that integrate with IntelliJ IDEA. Here's a list of all 64 tools that integrate with IntelliJ IDEA.
Pros of IntelliJ IDEA
301
Fantastically intelligent
242
Best-in-class ide
190
Many languages support
158
Java
121
Fast
82
Code analysis
79
Reliable
76
Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
64
Plugin architecture
61
Integrated version control
12
Code refactoring support
11
Best java IDE
7
Local history
6
Code Completion
6
Kotlin
6
Integrated Database Navigator
6
Built-in terminal/run tools
5
All
5
Free for open-source development, students and teacher
5
Base for Android Studio
5
Free If you're a Student
4
ERD Diagrams
4
Free
4
Cross platform
4
IDE
4
Database/Code integration
3
Out Of The Box features
3
Column Selection Mode
3
Server and client-side debugger
3
More than enough languages for any developer
3
Typescript support
3
Multicursor support
3
Reformating Code
3
Intuitive
3
Command-line tools
3
Android Integration
3
Vim support
3
Special icons for most filetypes in project list
3
Supports many frameworks
3
Built-in web server
3
Live Templates
3
Scala support
2
Works fine with mac os catalina
2
A lot of plugin
2
Just works
2
Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers
2
Full support
2
Task managers
2
Diff tools
2
File Watchers
2
Support for various package managers
2
Integrated Code Linting
2
Clean UI
2
Open source
2
So modernised
2
Efficient, one Stop solution
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.

Christian Worley
Needs advice
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IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA
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JetBrains RiderJetBrains Rider

I'm full stack with a focus on front-end, primarily React, and Angular. At my last company I was supporting both Java and open other source back-ends, IntelliJ IDEA met my needs perfectly. At my current company I need to support both open source and C# on the back-end. I have been provided a VS license and have been debating either using VS just for back-end C# work and continuing with IntelliJ for front-end, or switching to JetBrains Rider for fullstack? I've read that Rider is great for C# but I'm unsure if Rider will provide the same front-end capabilities that I currently enjoy with IntelliJ.

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Needs advice
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IntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA
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PyCharmPyCharm

I'm currently working on a book about file structures. The text is written in LaTeX (with IntelliJ IDEA + TeXiFy) and the sample code is in Python (using PyCharm).

Since I use two IDEs, I have a distinct project for text and code.

I was thinking if I could join the projects in a single IDE, a that's my question:

  • Should I use PyCharm and install the TeXiFy plugin,
  • Should I stick to IDEA and install Python support to it, or
  • Should I keep the two projects separated?

Thanks

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We are creating an IntelliJ IDEA plugin that uses JCEF web-view to show the UI by reusing the components from our earlier command line tool. Earlier we had created a command line tool where we had our frontend in React and backend in Spring Boot.

In order to create the plugin, we need a way to start both the backend (spring boot) and frontend (React) servers from the plugin itself. Basically, when the user clicks the plugin's icon in Intellij it should start both backend and frontend servers. Can anyone please suggest a way/resources to achieve this?

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Andre Stemmett
Software Engineer at Microcare · | 4 upvotes · 79.5K views
Needs advice
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DjangoDjango
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PyCharmPyCharm

Hi there,

I have recently moved from C# and Xamarin to Python and IntelliJ IDEA. I finally have a grasp of python and want to start developing web applications with Django. Which IDE should I use?

Note: I have read that PyCharm is great but the community version only allows for basic web applications. Please help

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I am a QA heading to a new company where they all generally use Visual Studio Code, my experience is with IntelliJ IDEA and PyCharm. The language they use is JavaScript and so I will be writing my test framework in javaScript so the devs can more easily write tests without context switching.

My 2 questions: Does VS Code have Cucumber Plugins allowing me to write behave tests? And more importantly, does VS Code have the same refactoring tools that IntelliJ IDEA has? I love that I have easy access to a range of tools that allow me to refactor and simplify my code, making code writing really easy.

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christy craemer
Needs advice
on
EclipseEclipseIntelliJ IDEAIntelliJ IDEA
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PyCharmPyCharm

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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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’s 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.
See all alternatives

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