Tuesday, April 05, 2005

IntelliJ IDEA Skeptic Learns to "Develop with Pleasure!"

I couldn't pass on this classic. Blogger Doug reluctantly discovers TDD and IntelliJ IDEA. From "how do I create a new class?" to "living without it may be hard to do" in 4 days. Nice! My favourite part is the initial hard-core skepticism when he says "30 days is not long enough for me to evaluate" IDEA, followed by a somewhat unrealistic evaluation scenario: "It is resource hungry," he claims, "The box I'm using at the moment is a bit low on memory, only 256Mb... It's an HP e-Vectra I picked up at a computer auction for < $150 about a year ago." I mean, seriously! You can't expect to run a power drill on AA batteries. ;-)

Overall, I think Doug's experience is actually quite common. Switching IDEs can be time-consuming and mind-bending, especially if you've gotten deep into your previous IDE's habits and quirks. Each IDE has its own personality, and will take some getting used to. The most pragmatic approach is to keep your expectations realistic, have enough time and resources to give each IDE a fair shake, and then pick the best tool for the job. Different tools work better on different jobs, so it's good professional practice to know how to use multiple tools from your toolbox.

You download IDEA here, and JetBrains is currently offering a special personal license for half the regular price. Don't miss out.


Blogger Alexey Efimov said...

This is realy hard to jump from one My Favorite IDE into another. For example, jumping from Eclipse force peoples using IDEA editor as plain text editor and no more else.

BTW, here i try to give some recomendations to start using editor of IDEA.

April 05, 2005 2:49 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

My evaluation senario is what I'm currently stuck with. It's not unrealistic from where I'm sitting, quite the opposite.

Having said that, it still is nice to use. Looks like I can use this power drill with my batteries 8P.

April 06, 2005 5:13 AM  
Blogger Antonio Hicks said...

I was just browsing various blogs as I was doing a search on the word poster, and I just wanted to say that I really like what you've done with your blog, even though it wasn't particularly related to what I searched for. I appreciate your postings, and your blog is a good example of how a blog should be done. I've only just recently started a Posters website - feel free to visit it when you get a chance if you wish. Much success, antonio.

November 10, 2005 5:49 AM  

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