IntelliJ IDEA vs. Visual Studio vs. Eclipse

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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.

What is Visual Studio?

Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.

What is 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.

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Why do developers choose IntelliJ IDEA?
Why do you like IntelliJ IDEA?

Why do developers choose Visual Studio?
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Why do developers choose Eclipse?
Why do you like Eclipse?


What are the cons of using IntelliJ IDEA?
Downsides of IntelliJ IDEA?

What are the cons of using Visual Studio?
No Cons submitted yet for Visual Studio
Downsides of Visual Studio?

What are the cons of using Eclipse?
Downsides of Eclipse?


How much does IntelliJ IDEA cost?
How much does Visual Studio cost?
How much does Eclipse cost?


What companies use IntelliJ IDEA?
966 companies on StackShare use IntelliJ IDEA
What companies use Visual Studio?
844 companies on StackShare use Visual Studio
What companies use Eclipse?
328 companies on StackShare use Eclipse


What tools integrate with IntelliJ IDEA?
8 tools on StackShare integrate with IntelliJ IDEA
What tools integrate with Visual Studio?
16 tools on StackShare integrate with Visual Studio
What tools integrate with Eclipse?
8 tools on StackShare integrate with Eclipse

What are some alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA, Visual Studio, and Eclipse?

  • Android Studio - Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA
  • Xcode - The complete toolset for building great apps
  • PhpStorm - Professional IDE for PHP and Web Developers
  • WebStorm - The smartest JavaScript IDE

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