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My tips for using IntelliJ IDEA effectively

I wanted to share my tips and tricks that and especially keyboard shortcuts that make me more productive when using IntelliJ IDEA. IntelliJ is my favorite IDE and a very well thought-out program in general, and despite trying to learn the countless shortcuts available, there are a few that give you the biggest productivity boost already. My frequently used features ...

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IntelliJ Plugin Development Tutorial Pt. 2 – Handling User Input

In the previous part of our intellij plugin development tutorial, we saw how to get started with creating a plugin in intellij. We created a simple notification and learnt how to create actions, add actions to the group and perform a task when the user clicks an action. Part 1 – IntelliJ Plugin Development Tutorial – Getting Started In this ...

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How to increase the number of tabs in IntelliJ Idea

Hello Friends, This is a quick small post on increasing the tab limits in the Intellij idea. I recently started using IntelliJ Idea and I am really liking it, but one thing I noticed is, if you have more than 10 tabs opened in your IntelliJ and try to open more, it automatically closes the previously opened tab(s), which I ...

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Visual Studio Code vs IntelliJ IDEA – Which is best for Java devs?

When you spend more time in front of your code than you do with your family, you can officially call your IDE (Integrated Development Environment) “home”. Most developers invest quite a bit of time and energy in customizing their digital work environment with plugins, modules, and eye-friendly color themes. After all, it’s where they “live”.  If your IDE is your ...

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IntelliJ IDEA vs Eclipse: Which Is Better for Beginners

Any discussion comparing IntelliJ IDEA and Eclipse for Java development can be tricky because it’s sticky. The IDE I mean. An IDE is what we in marketing call a sticky product. Once someone starts using it they stick to it and rarely switch. IDE users turn into something evolutionary anthropologists refer to as “fanboys”. IntelliJ loyalists scoff at Eclipse fanboys, ...

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How to Format a Large Code Base Automatically

If you introduce code formatting rules retroactively, you have to solve the problem how to format existing code base according to the new formatting rules. You could checkout every code repository one by one in your IDE and click on Autoformat the whole project. But this is boring and waste of time.   Fortunately, Intellij IDEA has a format CLI ...

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5 Features Eclipse Should Copy From IntelliJ IDEA

Eclipse Photon has been released a few days ago, and I decided to do yet another comparison with IntelliJ IDEA. Last time I explained why I still prefer Eclipse, but because my current project had problems with Java 9 in Eclipse initially, I’ve been using IntelliJ IDEA in the past half a year. (Still using Eclipse for everything else; partly ...

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