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Hi dmitry

I'm very impressive about intellij and how easy you can build an application using it, but I don't know exactly how to convince my manager for using this IDE as our main tool for developing applications. What do you think, is the principal reason to choose intellij over other free alternatives like netbeans and eclipse.

Thanks in advance

Pablo from Chile :-)
 
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Hello Pablo,

This question seems to be very popular here. Please check other threads in this forum where I've provided some links to user reviews of IntelliJ IDEA and some other information.

The brief answer is: productivity and code quality. You'll write code faster because of the coding assistance features, and you'll deliver better quality code because of the static analysis tools which will find many common errors and will help you fix them.
 
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Dmitry has modestly omitted one of the most compelling reasons of all: the size and enthusiam its the user community.

All of the other major IDEs have become "free", not because of the generosity of their creators, but because they couldn't compete against Eclipse. Only IntelliJ has the quality, ease-of-use and reliability to be able to hold its own while still being a for-profit product.

In my town the IDE skillsets most commonly found are Eclipse/WSAD/RAD and IntelliJ, so if you're using one (or both) of those products, you have the largest ready-made talent pool to select from.

The IntelliJ learning curve is relatively short, it doesn't impose arbitrary structure on your project directory tree or have wierd support resources to contend with. It's always ready to help, but isn't "in your face", forcing you do do things its own way.

And, for those of us who work in a mixed-IDE environment, the Eclipse and IntelliJ project control files are capable of living amicably side by side in the same project.
 
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I really don't want to steer things off topic here but I just wanted to share my $0.02. Not all free IDEs 'became' free. And, not all free IDEs are unable to compete with Eclipse.

I have been using NetBeans for quite some time, it has always been free and I have found it competes with Eclipse quite aggressively.
 
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Netbeans has not in fact always been free, but it has been free for a long time.

Before Sun bought them they had (like Borland to this day) a free version along with a commercial offering, the free version having limitations.

The only real reason you can give your manager to shelf out for software is increased productivity.
If you can gain for example 10% productivity by using a $500 tool, and your hourly rate is $100, you need 500 hours to recover that investment.
That's roughly 12 weeks, or 3 months.

The size and enthousiasm of the community doesn't bother them (except maybe in choosing the tool as it is a sign that it won't likely disappear before the investment has been recovered).
The name and size of the company selling the tool however does matter, in fact it matters a lot.
And that is bad news for IntelliJ as it's a small company and competing with the likes of Microsoft and IBM for companies' vanishingly small budget for development tools.
 
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Originally posted by Jeroen T Wenting:

If you can gain for example 10% productivity by using a $500 tool, and your hourly rate is $100, you need 500 hours to recover that investment.
That's roughly 12 weeks, or 3 months.



I get 50 hours, or one week.


The name and size of the company selling the tool however does matter, in fact it matters a lot.
And that is bad news for IntelliJ as it's a small company and competing with the likes of Microsoft and IBM for companies' vanishingly small budget for development tools.



Not much competition from Microsoft in this particular market.
[ November 28, 2006: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]
 
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:


Not much competition from Microsoft in this particular market.

[ November 28, 2006: Message edited by: Ernest Friedman-Hill ]



Well, actually IntelliJ it is beginning to get into the Microsoft marked with ReSharper and it's hitting hard.
I only know another good tool for C# besides ReSharper and it's CodeRush from DevExpress.com.
So, actually is microsoft who should be afraid.

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