IntelliJ IDEA vs NetBeans IDE vs PhpStorm

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IntelliJ IDEA

24.4K
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NetBeans IDE

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PhpStorm

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Decisions about IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans IDE, and PhpStorm
Samriddhi Sinha
Machine Learning Engineer at Chefling · | 6 upvotes · 218.8K views

Lightweight and versatile. Huge library of extensions that enable you to integrate a host of services to your development environment. VS Code's biggest strength is its library of extensions which enables it to directly compete with every single major IDE for almost all major programming languages.

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Manabu Tokunaga
CEO, Co-Founder at WinguMD · | 10 upvotes · 122.7K views

I originally chose IntelliJ over Eclipse, as it was close enough to the look and feel of Visual Studio and we do go back and forth between the two. We really begin to love IntelliJ and their suite of IDEs so we are now using AppCode for the IOS development because the workflow is identical with the IntelliJ. IntelliJ is super complex and intimidating at first but it does afford a lot of nice utilities to get us produce clean code.

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Pros of IntelliJ IDEA
Pros of NetBeans IDE
Pros of PhpStorm
  • 291
    Fantastically intelligent
  • 240
    Best-in-class ide
  • 187
    Many languages support
  • 152
    Java
  • 118
    Fast
  • 77
    Code analysis
  • 77
    Reliable
  • 75
    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
  • 63
    Plugin architecture
  • 59
    Integrated version control
  • 10
    Code refactoring support
  • 9
    Best java IDE
  • 6
    Local history
  • 5
    Built-in terminal/run tools
  • 5
    Integrated Database Navigator
  • 4
    All
  • 4
    Code Completion
  • 4
    Free If you're a Student
  • 3
    Cross platform
  • 3
    IDE
  • 3
    ERD Diagrams
  • 3
    Database/Code integration
  • 3
    Kotlin
  • 3
    Base for Android Studio
  • 3
    Free for open-source development, students and teacher
  • 2
    Reformating Code
  • 2
    Command-line tools
  • 2
    Out Of The Box features
  • 2
    Android Integration
  • 2
    Server and client-side debugger
  • 2
    Multicursor support
  • 2
    Free
  • 2
    Intuitive
  • 2
    Vim support
  • 2
    Special icons for most filetypes in project list
  • 2
    Live Templates
  • 2
    Supports many frameworks
  • 2
    Scala support
  • 2
    Typescript support
  • 2
    More than enough languages for any developer
  • 2
    Built-in web server
  • 1
    Its fake intellisense is better than real IntelliSense
  • 1
    Open source
  • 1
    So modernised
  • 1
    Clean UI
  • 1
    Works fine with mac os catalina
  • 1
    A lot of plugin
  • 1
    Just works
  • 1
    Integrated Ssh/Ftp Managers
  • 1
    Full support
  • 1
    Task managers
  • 1
    Diff tools
  • 1
    File Watchers
  • 1
    Support for various package managers
  • 1
    Integrated Code Linting
  • 1
    Column Selection Mode
  • 1
    Efficient, one Stop solution
  • 72
    Rich features
  • 68
    Crossplatform
  • 46
    Plugins(Git, SVN)
  • 37
    Extensible
  • 34
    Easy to use
  • 33
    PHP Support
  • 32
    Java support
  • 27
    File History
  • 21
    Code analysis
  • 16
    MySQL support
  • 12
    Open source
  • 10
    Free
  • 9
    Code completion
  • 8
    Strong Maven Support
  • 8
    NodeJs support
  • 6
    Best
  • 6
    Webdev king
  • 5
    Easy maven project start
  • 3
    Mandatory
  • 3
    Jira Plugin
  • 3
    History of changes, friendly tabs
  • 3
    Foss
  • 2
    Native Nette support
  • 2
    I don't like NetBeans
  • 2
    Smarty support
  • 2
    Groovy support
  • 2
    Intuitive ui
  • 2
    Chrome plugin to live update javascript from browser
  • 2
    Out of the box integration with maven, git, svn
  • 2
    Custom html tags support
  • 1
    Composer commands inside IDE
  • 1
    Visual GUI Builder for Swing / AWT
  • 282
    Best ide for php
  • 229
    Easy to use
  • 216
    Functionality
  • 161
    Plugins
  • 157
    Code analysis
  • 83
    Integrated version control
  • 71
    Great php ide for mac
  • 70
    All-round php ide
  • 58
    Local history
  • 49
    Themes
  • 13
    Best PHP IDE
  • 8
    Database control
  • 6
    Easy to find anything and everything in your code
  • 6
    Best bebugging
  • 6
    Best inspection variable
  • 5
    PHPUnit integration
  • 5
    Command line integration
  • 5
    UX
  • 5
    Getting Better
  • 4
    Performance
  • 4
    Coolest IDE
  • 4
    Composer integration
  • 4
    Great frameworks integration
  • 4
    Neat does the job and easy
  • 3
    Cross platform
  • 3
    TypeScript support
  • 3
    Easy to use and github interaction
  • 3
    Best ide for advanced php and symfony
  • 3
    Real time code validation
  • 2
    Best ide for php
  • 2
    Fast and relevant auto-complete
  • 2
    Code indexing
  • 2
    Debugger for Javascript
  • 2
    Great refactoring support
  • 2
    It has no match. it filled one of the biggest void
  • 2
    Very good
  • 2
    Good
  • 1
    Debugging in the Just-In-Time Mode
  • 1
    Perfect locahost / host sync
  • 1
    Integration with Vagrant and Docker
  • 1
    Awesome debugging features

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Cons of IntelliJ IDEA
Cons of NetBeans IDE
Cons of PhpStorm
  • 17
    Large footprint required to really enjoy (mem/disc)
  • 11
    Very slow
  • 5
    Bad for beginners
  • 4
    UI is not intuitive
  • 3
    Constant reindexing
  • 3
    Not nearly as many tools to integrate as vs code
  • 2
    Needs a lot of CPU and RAM power
  • 1
    Built in terminal is slow
  • 1
    Ruby is a plug in
  • 1
    Doesn't work that well with windows 10 edu
  • 0
    AAD
  • 2
    PHP debug doesn't support conditional breakpoints
  • 14
    Uses a lot of memory
  • 10
    Does not open large files
  • 9
    Slow
  • 8
    Uses Java machine
  • 3
    No way to change syntax highlight for files without ext
  • 2
    No save prompt or asterisk on file change

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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 NetBeans IDE?

NetBeans IDE is FREE, open source, and has a worldwide community of users and developers.

What is 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.

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What are some alternatives to IntelliJ IDEA, NetBeans IDE, and PhpStorm?
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.
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.
Visual Studio
Visual Studio is a suite of component-based software development tools and other technologies for building powerful, high-performance applications.
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