When I start to learn Java first thing I use was notepad , I wrote the program in the notepad compile and run. Actually that helped a lot to learn most of the code quality there , however one of the issue was I it took more time to do a simple task. The problem become worse when we want to debug something.
After that I started to use Jbuilder when I move to that I realized the power of using an IDE to develop Java applications. It saves most of our time on importing and debugging. While I was using Jbuilder I started to use IntelliJ IDEA (Thank Ajith for pointing to that), then I realized the power of that tool. In my personal view it is the best IDE I have ever used. And I should say I have addicted to IDEA , if it is Java development the only IDE I like is IntelliJ IDEA.
Luckily I am an open source software developer so I can get an IDEA license free , so for me IDE is free. And I should not forget to say thanks to jetbrains for giving us free license.
There are a number of reasons I like IDEA over other IDEs.
- First thing it saves most of my times , time is very important for me so a minute is also important for me. I do not want to waste my time unnecessary setting up projects and adding libraries. When it comes to IDEA it is great.
- Debugging – I have never seen an IDE which has that much of support for debugging. Code debugging is very important for me. It has a number of options we can use to debug the code. That helps me in two ways , first it saves my time , second it provide more than what I want to do my job.
- Support for multiple modules – Since I am working on a projects (Axis2) which has a number of modules so it helps me a lot. (I know some other IDE has this feature)
- Starting Applications severs and remote debugging– When I develop web applications this feature help me a lot.
- Code formatting – It format the file according to the type , for example Java files according to the Java template , Xml as XML document
- Code analyzing – No matter how good we write code , there may be some problems and issues with the code we write. IDEA code analyzer help me to find out the issues with the code we write, cyclic dependencies , code duplicate and etc.
I know there are much more useful features than I have mentioned here , but above are the most frequent features I use in my day to day life.
One last thing to note here is that the idea of this entry is not to market any IDE , but to tell my personal opinion about that.
Few other blogs about their IDEs