List of resources for those trying to make the switch from Eclipse to IntelliJ IDEA:
- Key Promoter, a plugin that tells you what the keyboard shortcut is
for every mouse action you perform.
- The printable IntelliJ IDEA default keymap and Mac keymap
- Eclipse-IntelliJ Keymap Cheat Sheet
- ZeroTurnaround’s rather excellent (and extensive!) article Getting Started With IntelliJ IDEA as an Eclipse User
- Video: 42 IntelliJ IDEA Tips and Tricks. Watch this. Regularly.
- If you have IntelliJ IDEA power users near you, get them to install Presentation Assistant so you can see all the shortcuts they’re using.
- If you want, you can also use the Eclipse keymap and the Eclipse compiler.
- There’s an extensive JetBrains article on Migrating from Eclipse
- Check out
Keyboard Shortcuts You Cannot Miss
and DZone’s IntelliJ IDEA Refcard
- Some of my own presentations are live coding using lots of IntelliJ IDEA features, watching them might give an
idea of what’s possible. For example
AngularJS, HTML5, Groovy, Java and MongoDB All Together,
Java 8 in Anger and Refactoring to Java 8.
- I’ve written a few tutorials about specific topics performed in IntelliJ IDEA:
Introduction to Refactoring,
Test Driven Development,
and Migrating to Java 8.
In the slides above, there’s a section “The Power of IntelliJ IDEA” with no content - that’s because that’s a place
for a live demo of working with IntelliJ IDEA. To create that demo, I jotted down some topics that I think are
interesting in IntelliJ IDEA, which are worth making a note of here:
- IntelliJ provides Contextual Aid - hints, tips, help and advice at the point at which you need it. For example:
- Live templates might be one of my favourite
features - both built in (try
- Refactoring (check out my Refactoring
- Inspections were mentioned above, but as well
as having the results on the current file, you can
customise what you’re looking for and
the scope to check.
They’re very powerful for helping to either keep your code clean, or improve it further. I’ve written a tutorial on
how to use them to help
migrate your code to use Java 8 idioms.
- The Debugger is powerful but easy to use.
- All the things you get from the Java side of the IDE is also available for other languages you might be using too,
HTML, etc. E.g. code completion,
refactoring and debugging, where appropriate.
- VCS support is sufficient for most
everyday use, and every new release adds more features. If in the past the VCS support didn’t do what you
wanted, give it another try now, it’s constantly evolving.
- Also interesting for most developers is the Gradle
& Maven integration, and
running tests with