IDEA Background Tasks (As of IDEA 6.0.3 build 6141)
How to get IDEA to maximize user's investment in
Intel® Core™ 2 Dual and Quad processor workstations, and
maintain IDEA's status as the professional's choice for
Intel and AMD dual core workstations went mainstream in 2006, and I would
expect most professional developers to be using dual core machine by the end of
this year or soon after.
Intel reported its results this week, and said that Intel® Core™ 2 Duo made up
over 50% of total and 90% of performance Q4 microprocessor shipments. And they
expect to ship 1 million Intel® Core™ 2 Quad processors by the middle of next
When you have a dual-core desktop, you can do two or more things at the same
time, e.g. edit/browse your code while you run a search/analysis/compilation,
or you can do one thing up to 50% faster. Jetbrains needs to enhance IDEA to
allow the user to take full advantage of both options.
In IDEA 6.0, several major improvements were made in this area, and from
the looks of Selena roadmap, some more are coming.
Search will now happen in the background, i.e. no modal progress dialog is
Version Control->Perform commit to VCS in background,
In the following sections, I am going to discuss changes which can make
launching background tasks more pleasurable and better utilize all our shiny
new Intel® Core™ 2 Dual and Quad core processor workstations.
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