to say something good about IDEA after some time ;)
I tried Eclipse these days - although my time is limited
and I have bugs to fix.
First I was very impressed with 3.0, project setup was
releatively easy, now that I already know how to use
"link to filesystem" for adding source folders.
It has copied most features from IDEA, free profiler plugin
I was VERY impressed by the startup performance of
Eclipse itself (with big projects open), and also when
launchig apps from Eclipse.
On the other hand, sometimes it was noticably slow to
just navigate to another source file.
Btw., Eclipse has a cyclic buffer for the console output ;)
Other coolnesses in Eclipse:
- if you navigate to a .class you can really easily attach the sources for it. And also E. makes it very clear if the source for a java class is available at multiple locations (jar, folders etc)
- Code templates have access to selection (multi line only)
But here is the downside, that almost drove me mad after
a few hours:
1. Congratulations to the IDEA screen estate
handling!!! With E. I could not get it right to have
sufficient space for the code editor window, while also
the outline is visible.
2. VERY GOOD keyboard support in IDEA,
e.g. for quick fixes that can be accepted by alt enter.
in E. you have to target the gutter icon and doubleclick...
it sounds not that spectacular, but the usabilty of
IDEA is a lot better because of these two items.