my company switched from Eclipse to Intellij. I have never worked with IntelliJ before and I would like to know if there is a way to create a project from existing source. The source is in CVS using Maven for management I looked up the forums and could not find anything online.
Basically, you tell IntelliJ to create a new project and tell the project where your source directory is. If it already exists, the information will be picked up and configured into the project. Otherwise it will create the needful resources. If it's a complex project, you may need to help it understand where all your resources are, but it will automatically detect the most important ones.
Eclipse keeps its project info in .project and .classpath files. IntelliJ keeps info in 3 types of XML files - one for the project, one for project modules and one for the user's workspace. The IWS file is user-specific and I recommend excluding it from version control.
Because Eclipse and IntelliJ use non-conflicting project structures and don't constrain projects to a specific architecture, it's perfectly OK to make a project workable under both IDEs.
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