I just converted from Intellij 7 to 9 recently and am stymied by the idea of "Artifacts"
I usually build web applications in an exploded fashion to a directory named /build underneath one of my modules. The build is managed by an ant file - I run the ant target myself (either a quick update of the jsp files or a quick compile, or a full on clean compile) and then spin up an instance of Tomcat.
So where does the artifact come in for my process. Can it help make my development process faster?