ClearCase UI feedback

I've been using Intellij professionally for about 4 years, and find it to be the best predictor of Java programming among it, Eclipse, and Netbeans.

Recently, my job has required me to use ClearCase for version control, and with the lack of support CC in Intellij 6, I moved to Eclipse. Having used Eclipse exclusively for 6 months, I have come to appreciate Intellij's UI all the more, but I also have a new appreciation for some of the plugins that are available for Eclipse. In this case, the ClearCase plugin.

The Eclipse CC plugin offers a clear and distinct visual feedback on the state of files (checked out, hijacked, etc.), as well as nearly identical features to the ClearCase Navigator.

In the other hand, having used Intellij 7 Milestone 2 for a few days, it seems that the CC capability was written in as an afterthought. I cannot figure out what, if any, visual cues there are, and how to perform simple operations, such as searching for checkouts. I have spent a good amount of time going through the help system, and cannot find the information that I need.

I want to be able to use Intellij, but this seeming lack of CC support is making it increasingly difficult for us software developers to make a business case for the associated cost, given that Eclipse is free.

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Dear Rom,

R> I want to be able to use Intellij, but this seeming lack of CC
R> support is making it increasingly difficult for us software
R> developers to make a business case for the associated cost, given
R> that Eclipse is free.

Thanx for the feedback.
General UI for the CC support differs not so much from that for e.g. Perforce
and Cvn.
Statuses? Files colouring indicates the status - checked out, hijacked, unversioned,
ignored, need for merge. Changes tool window shows all affected files by
category/by change list.
Activities? Change lists correspond to Activities under UCM support.
Find Project Checkouts? It is located in the main "Version Control" menu.

Ok, I have to admit that performance is not ideal. I will manage with that
somehow in 7.01 or so.
Of course, feature set is not complete (is that list can be accomplished
ever?).

I doubt that requests should be in the form "I want that like in eclipse...".
Nevertheless, we are ready for suggessions.

best wishes,
Michael Gerasimov,
Software Developer
JetBrains, Inc


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Thanks for your response Michael.


I doubt that requests should be in the form "I want
that like in eclipse...".
Nevertheless, we are ready for suggessions.


Note that I prefaced that with the fact that I've used Intellij exclusively for a long time, and love what it does that no other IDE that I have used does, and at the end I mentioned that I am want to continue to promote Intellij at my place of work.

I do understand that the phrasing could have been better, but there is no better way to convey a UI point, other than to give an example of an existing UI.

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Rom

As I mentioned in my original post, I searched the help system for information on how to use the version control feature, and I was not successful. This is not to say that such information is not present, simply that I could not find it. Can you please point me to a reference that details the UI features of the current implementation?

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