Moving to a more modular framework ......

How difficult would this be? I know it cannot be done for Version 4.0 (and maybe not 5.0).

I was prompted to bring up this old chestnut again, because I just noticed that the JetBrainers have decided to put AspectJ support on the back burner for a little while.

I've always thought that this is the sort of thing that should be done by a third-party as an add-on. So why didn't this happen?

Was it lack of interest, or was it something to do with the OpenAPI? Does IDEA need to be built as a complete framework like NetBeans and Eclipse? If so, is this a possibility for the future? And do the IDEA developers think it is something worth looking into? What do the users think?


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I think IntelliJ will eventually be forced to adopt a more modular approach to Idea if they intend to stay competitive with Eclipse in the long run. Eclipse by virtue of its architecture will always have dramatically more developers working on improving their product than Idea ever will with its current design.

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I think IntelliJ will eventually be forced to adopt a more modular approach to Idea if they intend to stay competitive with Eclipse in the long run. Eclipse by virtue of its architecture will always have dramatically more developers working on improving their product than Idea ever will with its current design.

I think you've hit the nail on the head there. At the moment, I think IDEA has the edge (but I know many Eclipse who disagree), and I think a modular architecture would help keep them ahead.

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