Open-sourcing Intellij IDEA has created an exiting opportunity for Excelsior: we have native compiled IDEA with Excelsior JET, a Java SE 6 VM with an ahead-of-time (AOT) compiler and installation toolkit.
We have been working with the compiled IDEA for a few months and it looks and feels the same, but with one major distinction: long lasting GC pauses no longer appear when using the IDE.
Feel free to try it yourselves: native compiled Intellij IDEA 9.0.3 Community Edition is available for download at Excelsior JET Application Gallery.
Develop with (more) pleasure! ;)