Cutting code with IntelliJ IDEA is more fun and easier than even cutting butter with a knife! You are the sword
that makes me a Samurai!"
"IntelliJ IDEA is like religion to me - it is my strength, it is my faith and it is my guide.
Arun Batchu, consultant with netrii LLC
If you're one of these people who put free cost above time and money gained a small investment, you should give IDEA a try... It didn't win the Java Developer Journal Reader's Choice award for best Java IDE for nothing.
Mathias Meyer, freelance software developer, consultant and coach PAPERPLANES
I want something that just works and the best results I've had is IDEA... as a day to day development
environment IDEA for me is focused on getting things done.
When I use IDEA coding tends to be like morse code, first few chars, ctrl+space. It's smart enough not to throw the whole world at me and knows what i'm referring to. With touch typing it lets me output code almost as fast as I think and it means I get the feeling my IDE works with me and doesn't get in the way.
Most of our engineers do not get any errors at all during compiling because IntelliJ IDEA catches them all during editing. The time we save is remarkable.
Ken Watts, VP Platform Engineering, Documentum
When I started writing about refactoring I looked forward to the days when Java programmers could have the same tools that Smalltalkers used to refactor their programs. IntelliJ IDEA gives Java programmers that power, not just through refactorings, but also through innovative code assistance capabilities. These days every Java programmer should use a refactoring tool every day.
Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist, Thoughtworks Inc.
I have tried numerous Java development environments and found all of them lacking in some way or another. IntelliJ IDEA is different. It's clear to me that it's authors eat their own dog food. It shows through in the design of every feature of the product, many of which are unique to IntelliJ IDEA.
Glen Stampoultzis, Director, TriNexus
The key reason for us to develop J2EE with IntelliJ IDEA was it's ability to support the programmer in every conceivable way. Outstanding features like import statement management, syntactic error checking, refactoring and intelligent code completion increased our productivity considerably.
Stephan Schmidt, CTO, neotis wissensmanagement GmbH
I've been using IntelliJ IDEA and I am so freaking blown away I can hardly articulate it. This is the best IDE I've ever used. For any language.
Kirk Woll, Lead Software Architect, Digimax Development Inc.
...IDEA is simply a killer...I paid for the license myself but I felt it was my duty since I want to be as productive as possible.
Manuel Palacio, System designer at UC AB
...if you've never used IntelliJ, maybe it's worth the effort. Yeah, it costs money, but frankly if you're in the business of making money with your code, it's trivial, especially when you start looking at the features that come "free" with it, and start looking at the extra cost of plugins for some of the competitors.
Why do I like it? Probably familiarity, definitely because it allows me to effortlessly get what's in my head
onto the screen in a seamless manner. I also credit this IDE for making me a better code-writer and giving me
the confidence in my abilities to make the next steps in my career ... and make my code professional.
Also if quality, ease of use and completeness of the product are key considerations, you get what you pay for with IntelliJ and their plugins.
Danilo Gurovich, EarthLink, inc. Co-author of Struts Recipes
Second, JetBrains have released IntelliJ IDEA 7.0. What was simply the best Java IDE on the planet is now also simply the best Groovy/Grails IDE on the planet. Congrats to the JetBrains guys and check it out.
Graeme Rocher, Grails creator
It was really catching on fast, so we purchased a license for everyone who wanted it. That turned out to be pretty much the entire organization.
Bruce Kratz, Director of Engineering East, HP Web Services Management Operation
At last, an IDE that understands how I program.
Robert C. Martin, CEO, Object Mentor Inc.
Finally an IDE that lets you develop as fast as you can think, not as fast as you can type. The way that IntelliJ IDEA lets the IDE take over the routine tasks, doesn't only make development faster and less painful, it can help a lot in making your code contain less errors.
Karl Avedal, Co-Founder, IronFlare/Orion Application Server
IntelliJ's IDEA will save you time and money. For developers, IntelliJ IDEA promotes the rapid creation of clean, reusable, and well documented code. For managers and architects, IntelliJ IDEA makes it possible to quickly navigate, review, and refactor code projects large and small. I have been programming full time in Java since early 1996 and I had given up hope that there would be a truly world class IDE for the language. IntelliJ IDEA is world class and I would recommend it to any development team without reservation.
Mike Sick, VP Development, Usermagnet Inc.
AppCode is fantastic! Not only is it more stable than Xcode, but it provides the familiar power and efficiency that I've grown accustomed to with JetBrains products.
TeamCity ROCKS because its not tied to a specific VCS, and there are plugins for just about any VCS.
TeamCity also ROCKS because it is helping expose flaws in the structure of our projects that is making things more difficult than it needs to be.
Will Green, Software Developer
Ich finde dieses Tool einfach nur genial — vor allem wenn man sich über die Konfiguration von CruiseControl.Net geärgert hat.
Daniel Siegl, Head of Development at LieberLieber
TeamCity is different. And different is better. Build failure spam? No more. Waiting for a success message
before going home? Nope. Lengthy clean and full rebuilds before checking in? Thing of the past. Can't compile
because you synced just after someone else checked in garbage? Never again...
What do you do when you check in? Sync, clean, build, test, and then submit, right? How long does that take? 15 minutes, 30 minutes? Why don't we just let the CI server do that for us. ...
TeamCity is simply doing CI the way it should have been done in the first place.
Hamlet D'Arcy, Engineering Lead, Pearson
TeamCity is just packed full of nerdgasm features that just work out of the box. No need to scour the web for plugins, deal with XML, or anything like that. Things just work. For example, you get full status of the build while it is happening--you can see what MSBuild step the build is on, you can see the important messages in the Build Log (it filters them quite intelligently), you can even see what threads/processes are running. If you use their NUnit runner you can even see how many tests have passed/failed/been ignored. All in all, we're very happy with TeamCity. It's just as free as CC.NET for a team of our size, it's much much easier to set up, and it has way more features... JetBrains has a winner here.
Aaron Jensen Director of Engineering Eleutian Technology, Eleutian Technology, LLC
So the reason I made the switch is because of the time it take to set it up: 20 minutes. Everything was fully functional in under 20 minutes. I absolutely got no error at all. I just got through all the steps of the wizard and then: done. Unit testing, code coverage, build, reports, etc... And it's absolutely free for small team.
I couldn't believe how easy it was. I installed the server and got my first project up-and-running in about 15
minutes... TeamCity is what TFS and CC.NET should be like when they grow up.
After becoming a real Resharper addict (can't use Visual Studio without it), I'm now becoming a slave to TeamCity as well. I've converted all my home projects, and life has never been better.
The coolness of TeamCity just keeps amazing me.
Jan Van Ryswyck, Senior Analyst/Programmer, SD WORX
Teamcity is totally awesome, after i got the grails project working the rest was peanuts and i got all the bells and whistels i was looking for.
In fact my evaluation period ended prematurely because TC gives me all i wanted from our new Java/.NET BuildServer.
Andreas Fink, Head of Development, Mark 5 GmbH
All of the cool options and features aside, the real power comes from the amount of reporting you can get out of this tool automatically with minimal effort... I haven't even begun to dig into all the features in TeamCity... Definitely check it out if you are tired of poking around in xml configuration files for hours on end.
Sean Chambers, Senior Programmer/Analyst at Flagler County School District in Bunnell, Florida
I've tried just about all the PHP IDEs available in the world today. This is the best IDE I could find. I am extremely impressed by the weekly releases of beta software. I'll continue to look into JetBrains software as long as I am a developer."
Bryan Green, Software Developer at FlexSystems Ltd.
WebStorm is an incredible, seriously awesome product. I **love** the speed of it compared to VS running on the same client-side codebase and the debugger-integration for Chrome.
Ingo Rammer,CEO and co-founder, thinktecture
Rubymine 3.0 is the snappiest-feeling and most reliable Rails IDE I've used (and I've used RadRails, Aptana, and Netbeans pretty extensively), the best Ruby text editor (better than Textmate or Coda), and the sanest, clearest organization and selection of helpful IDE features. The keyboard friendliness is a particular win.
Dan Michaelson, linkedbyair.net
Rubymine is the absolute best IDE I have had the pleasure of working with on our Ruby and Rails projects! And it's not even beta yet!!
I used IDEA years ago when we did Java development... I loved it and was sad to leave it behind when our directions changed, first to .NET and for the past two year to Ruby and Rails. It is great to see (yet another) wonderful Jetbrains tool that enables me be more productive and to focus more on the task at hand instead of wrestling with the tools. :-)
I am eagerly looking forward to the 1.0 launch - thanks again for such a great product!
Tim Ferrell, McGee Corporation
Using RubyMine allows me to develop using a common tool making it easier to pair and help each other out without having to lose productivity due to the context switching from one development environment (platform) to another.
Jeremy Anderson, agile software developer at Atomic Object
RubyMine's GUI for easily stepping through code in the debugger is great. The inline code analysis is nice for quickly catching typos and the code completion can be useful too. But for me, the best part about having RubyMine is the navigation and documentation.
...Being able to instantly bring up documentation is awesome! If I need more information, I hate wasting time trying to hunt down a method buried in code that I am not familiar with. With one key-stroke RubyMine takes me to the code I'm looking for.
Nate Zobrist, zobie.com
YouTrack has been a fundamental building block in handling the enormous feedback we get as the most popular MS-based CMS (both feature requests and bugs). In addition, the Agile board is phenomenal when it comes to an overview of whether we're on track with a release."
Niels Hartvig, Founder Umbraco — the Friendly CMS
We use both IntelliJ IDEA and YouTrack as our main development productivity tools. Both are exceptional. Recently we started using YouTrack 2.1 and are amazed at the attention to detail and the functionality. The design is excellent - for us it is very feature-complete, yet with a user interface that is clear, easy to understand and use."
Simon Botting, Founder and Senior Programmer at www.enbuenosaires.com
Many of the bug tracking applications we have used focused on adding unnecessary features that I don't want, and never fix or refine their existing features. YouTrack understands workflows and makes a superb web application. No unnecessary page refreshes, a phenomenal search, killer shortcuts, everything I want in a great web app. Good work, guys!
Dave Mozealous, Articulate www.mozealous.com
Everyone at MindTouch loves YouTrack! We switched to YouTrack last fall and have been really happy. Being this productive was simply not possible before. Soon after, our website team and sales and marketing also adopted YouTrack. It's been the most successful technology roll-out in the company since Salesforce! Keep up the great work (especially on the API side)!"
Steve Bjorg, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, MindTouch
The things that ReSharper showed me and taught me is simply amazing. It's like having your own personal pair programmer sitting right next to you all the time.
It tells you if your code is good, if you actually use the code you create and it even helps you reformat/refactor your code to make it more robust.
An example that blew me out of the field was with an iteration I was working on which went over a List. ReSharper offered a suggestion to use LINQ and went right ahead rewriting the whole iteration into a LINQ statement. This is great for teaching you new stuff!"
Gerard de Brieder, Founder at Govannon
It speeds up coding to such an extent that it feels awkward and slow when it's not available.
Its implementation is subtle, but masterful. Among other things, it improves the auto-complete features, adds real time error spotting and automatically adds the correct references."
Ben Franklin, Senior Developer at Quba
ReSharper: How did I live without it?
ReSharper from JetBrains is the best thing that ever happened to Visual Studio. I've barely tapped into the functionality, and it's already an indispensable tool. I don't know how I ever coded without it. Its productivity enhancements are simply awesome.
I can't wait to learn more features. Totally worth the money!
Tom A. Puleo, Independent Contractor at ESC Development
Can't beat R#, especially in a Team Dev environment, you can enforce code normalization without killing your entire team!
David Ridgway, Software Developer
All I can say is I love it. If you don't use ReSharper, drop what you are doing and go out and buy it!
Peter Kellner, Consultant at 73rd Street Associates
We are getting licenses! Hurray. Looks like my offer to cut five fingers off of my right hand to demonstrate how unproductive I am without resharper was the ticket.
Larry Foulkrod, Lead Software Developer
As far as I'm concerned Visual Studio without ReSharper is like driving a Mustang with a lawn mower engine. You can do it but who would want to.
Ray Megal, Senior Programmer Analyst (M&I Investment Management Corp.), Software consultant and trainer
If you use Rhino.Mocks, then every class that you mock must implement an interface. With the help of ReSharper, interfaces can be created from an existing class and propagated to the rest of your codebase with just a few keystrokes. This alone makes the price of ReSharper worth it if you are going to start using mocking in a Legacy system that was designed without using interfaces.
R# is a tool that I use and absolutely love. I recommend this for anyone who uses Visual Studio and programs in C# or VB.NET. Those that use R#, we see the benefits that it brings and the absolute productivity boost that you get using it.
Rob Reynolds, RealDimensions.net
To me my value to a customer is providing the maximum productivity that I can and to me that productivity comes
from using this tool.
The way I code works perfectly within the way R# aids me in being productive. It grants me a fluid motion to refactoring and code efficiency and helps me get into a groove when I code. A groove that is both productive and efficient and fun.
Bil Simpser, Independent Solutions Architect Consultant., MVP
I'm such a wannabe ReSharper padawan. My motivation is good though: I want to be more productive. On a recent project, I was writing some code in front of a client employee, a novice developer himself, and he exclaimed "The code is just writing itself.
For the last week (at my new gig) I've been using ReSharper 3.0, and I must say I'm pretty darned impressed. I hadn't looked at ReSharper since the very early versions, and had sort of written it off in favor of CodeRush/Refactor, but ReSharper 3 has some pretty compelling features...
Patrick Caudwell, SoftSource Consulting Soft Source
Without starting a flame war about which language is better, I just want to let all the VB.NET developers out
there that read this to understand that this tool is THE bomb.
I can't imagine coding C#/TDD without it... If you haven't checked it out, it is worth it. It is the only tool in my arsenal that I was willing to use my own money. It will pay you back 100 fold.
Jason Meridth, Lead Software Developer at Wachovia
This is the tool any serious .NET developer must have. I should perhaps qualify it with saying Visual Studio.NET
It is awesome. The unit test runner is worth the price of the tool alone... The refactoring support is awesome. The editor enhancements are first rate.
Geoff Bennett, Axcess Consulting
Once you learn to use it, you'll never want to code without it. I remember the first week I used it I was angry at myself for waiting so long to get my hands on it."
Jeremy Knight, Island Technology Services
If you are programming in C# or VB.NET and if you have never tried ReSharper before, you should try it. When I first saw ReSharper in use, within a few minutes I knew that it was worthwhile buying my own copy. Since then I have used it at client site after client site and found it to be a very useful tool.
Clive Chinery, Consultant
ReSharper is an awesome tool. If you're using it you probably agree and if you aren't you should be. The productivity gains are incredible. The moment you see another developer step effortlessly through the code you'll agree.
Jaco Pretorius, ThoughtWorks
R# actually, with its remarks, made me a better programmer. It made my sometimes dumb code into nice, elegant and clever one, and taught me how to develop better!
Kornelije Sajler, Programmer, developer in Rijeka, Croatia
My trial version of the product ran out two days ago and my initial thoughts where that I could survive with out it! Boy was I wrong!
After about an hour of using Visual Studio without ReSharper I realized how reliant on it I was! Not to mention that my productivity went down ten fold without it.
So, without hesitation, I jumped on the JetBrains site and purchased a copy of this fantastic software!
Michael De Wildt, Web Developer
I love Resharper! Its tightly integrated unit testing makes it a joy to do test-driven development, its automated refactorings are nothing short of superb and its code suggestions routinely help me write better C#/VB.NET code.
Joshua Kerievsky Founder, Industrial Logic, Inc. Author, Refactoring to Patterns
I have been using ReSharper since version 2.x came out, and I must say that it is very hard to develop without this tool. I don't normally depend on a tool to drive my code, but this one is an exception, since it boosts productivity, quality and speed during development."
Brian Di Croce, Pretty Objects Computers, Inc. (www.prettyobjects.com), Software consultant and trainer
Seriously, how can you develop without it? I guesstimate I lose 2-3 *hours* a day without it just typing redundant code or manually refactoring code. The auto rename of files to match the containing class alone saves massive amounts of time. Not to mention it just makes my code 100% better than if I had coded it by hand.
Casey Charlton, Independent Consultant
I have only really been consistently using ReSharper for the last month and am still far from my goal of
becoming a ReSharper Jedi. Nevertheless, the dozen or so keystrokes that I have mastered and consistently use
are making a noticeable difference in removing some of the coding noise that usually distracts me and slows me
down while coding.
The more keyboard shortcuts I have at my disposal, the faster I code and the better chance I have to get and stay in the zone where I am focused just on solving the problem at hand rather than getting distracted by syntax and unnecessary keystrokes.
The ultimate Agile tool is ReSharper. It is the one thing for .NET developers that removes fear of change. Refactoring is just so darn easy that change isn't scary.
ReSharper adds to Visual Studio the crucial ability to interactively analyze your code as you edit, giving you deep semantic feedback... ReSharper's interactive analysis... detects things like dead code, possible null references, instance methods that could be made static, unreferenced fields, un-updated writeable fields, etc. ...VS plus ReSharper is certainly a first class IDE.
Jonathan Edwards, MIT
What can I say? I love JetBrains ReSharper. If you haven't seen it before, it's an add-in for Visual Studio geared toward refactoring and TDD. Doing TDD without ReSharper installed is like coding Windows Forms in Notepad... ReSharper turns you into an artist sculpting code to be aesthetically beautiful. JetBrains' tagline is "Develop with pleasure!" and ReSharper definitely lives up to that. If you haven't checked it out, I would definitely recommend downloading it and checking it out.
James Kovacs, B.Sc., M.Sc., MCSD,
Microsoft MVP - Solutions Architect
A great little tool for finding out what parts of your code take the most time/resources.
Peter Hultgren, It Consultant at Sogeti