A Story from the Trenches

Two years ago when I joined my present outfit: a big corporate multi-national, There came a day when I had to choose an IDE.

Although I had previously thought the world of JBuilder I now came to the conclusion that it was crap! I did not like the available tools (Jbuilder, Kawa, VisualAge, emacs) for all sorts of reasons. So one day, while on a web-excursion looking for a good refactoring tool i fell upon the intellij site.

I was surprised to find out that Intellij Renamer and Intellij Refactor (which had been JBuilder plug-ins) were no longer available and instead Intellij was hawking a new IDE called IDEA.

Ooooh I thought.... so the Intellij guys think they can do it better than Borland!

So I started using Intellij IDEA and I became known as that guy who won't use standard company tools! It took about a year for my closest co-workers to see the light. And every time someone gave IDEA a try it was a one way trip. They did not want to come back! Even my manager gave it a go and was impressed how quickly he was up and running with IDEA.

So last fall we started down the road of getting company approval to use IDEA! What a journey that was. I am glad to say that 8 month later we finally got our real licenses and do not have to use EAP builds anymore. Well I had bought my own license a long time ago because I could not bare the idea of not having IDEA if EAP disappeared or if anything happened. Plus it was some of the best spent money i have ever done.

All through this i kept on hearing sceptisism. But to his credit, my manager kept pushing with management and we finally got the licenses this week. :)

In the mean time I have become a sort of IDEA guru/nag for everyone here. And I really felt like I was on mission last fall when my wife and I were on a trip to Prague. I had the crazy idea of going to say hi to the Intellij guys! So we hopped in a cab and asked the driver to get us to the address i had printed out from the web. Frankly I had no idea were this was going to take us. A few people I had asked at the internet cafe could not tell me in what part of town the address was. The cab driver took us far outside the city and for a while I was affraid that this was not going to end well.

We got to this place which somehow did not live up to my expectation... you know the classic Silicon Valley type building with glass and pollished steal every thing! No... it was a house! I did not want to go and ring... I was affraid that some kids mother would anser and that I would discover that intellij was one teenager's basement enterprise!

The cab driver insisted on ringing. I guess his pride was on the line. He had brought us all the way out there and now we should go in to prove that he had brought us to the right place! So he rang the door bell. Some guys appeared on the balcony. I asked if this really was IntelliJ. They said yes. They then proceeded to ask me who I wanted to see. And I just said, "I'm just here to say hi, really." Anyways they let me in and I had a great chat with a couple of the guys there... Eugene and an other guy who's name I can't remember.

Anyways it turns out that they have converted a whole house into their corporate head-quarters... not a basement operation. On the other hand they must of thought I was nuts. I think they thought I was there to get a job.... but no. Just wanted to say hi and tell them I thought they were doing a great job. So we talked for a while and then we were on ourr way.

My wife and i giggled all the way back to the city after this encounter. It was one of those crazy life's moments i will never forget.

Florian

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On Fri, 04 Apr 2003 09:05:31 +0000, Florian Hehlen wrote:

"I'm just here to say hi, really." Anyways they let me in and I had a
great chat with a couple of the guys there... Eugene and an other guy
who's name I can't remember.


Cool story ;) Now to plot a trip to Prague ;)

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St.-Petersburg is also rather cool :)

Friendly,
Dmitry

Florian Hehlen wrote:

Two years ago when I joined my present outfit: a big corporate
multi-national, There came a day when I had to choose an IDE.

Although I had previously thought the world of JBuilder I now came to the
conclusion that it was crap! I did not like the available tools (Jbuilder,
Kawa, VisualAge, emacs) for all sorts of reasons. So one day, while on a
web-excursion looking for a good refactoring tool i fell upon the intellij
site.

I was surprised to find out that Intellij Renamer and Intellij Refactor
(which had been JBuilder plug-ins) were no longer available and instead
Intellij was hawking a new IDE called IDEA.

Ooooh I thought.... so the Intellij guys think they can do it better than
Borland!

So I started using Intellij IDEA and I became known as that guy who won't
use standard company tools! It took about a year for my closest co-workers
to see the light. And every time someone gave IDEA a try it was a one way
trip. They did not want to come back! Even my manager gave it a go and was
impressed how quickly he was up and running with IDEA.

So last fall we started down the road of getting company approval to use
IDEA! What a journey that was. I am glad to say that 8 month later we
finally got our real licenses and do not have to use EAP builds anymore.
Well I had bought my own license a long time ago because I could not bare
the idea of not having IDEA if EAP disappeared or if anything happened.
Plus it was some of the best spent money i have ever done.

All through this i kept on hearing sceptisism. But to his credit, my
manager kept pushing with management and we finally got the licenses this
week. :)

In the mean time I have become a sort of IDEA guru/nag for everyone here.
And I really felt like I was on mission last fall when my wife and I were
on a trip to Prague. I had the crazy idea of going to say hi to the
Intellij guys! So we hopped in a cab and asked the driver to get us to the
address i had printed out from the web. Frankly I had no idea were this
was going to take us. A few people I had asked at the internet cafe could
not tell me in what part of town the address was. The cab driver took us
far outside the city and for a while I was affraid that this was not going
to end well.

We got to this place which somehow did not live up to my expectation...
you know the classic Silicon Valley type building with glass and pollished
steal every thing! No... it was a house! I did not want to go and ring...
I was affraid that some kids mother would anser and that I would discover
that intellij was one teenager's basement enterprise!

The cab driver insisted on ringing. I guess his pride was on the line. He
had brought us all the way out there and now we should go in to prove that
he had brought us to the right place! So he rang the door bell. Some guys
appeared on the balcony. I asked if this really was IntelliJ. They said
yes. They then proceeded to ask me who I wanted to see. And I just said,
"I'm just here to say hi, really." Anyways they let me in and I had a
great chat with a couple of the guys there... Eugene and an other guy
who's name I can't remember.

Anyways it turns out that they have converted a whole house into their
corporate head-quarters... not a basement operation. On the other hand
they must of thought I was nuts. I think they thought I was there to get a
job.... but no. Just wanted to say hi and tell them I thought they were
doing a great job. So we talked for a while and then we were on ourr way.

My wife and i giggled all the way back to the city after this encounter.
It was one of those crazy life's moments i will never forget.

Florian


--
Dmitry Lomov
IntelliJ Labs / JetBrains Inc.
http://www.intellij.com
"Develop with pleasure!"

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>St.-Petersburg is also rather cool :)
Of course, but

>> So we hopped in a cab and asked the driver to get us to the
>> address i had printed out from the web.
You can increase tourists flow to St.-Petersburg by doing so.
Or even can open travel agency and make advertising to different places by placing its addresses to the web ;))))))))))

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Mark Derricutt wrote:

Cool story ;) Now to plot a trip to Prague ;)


But let's get organized for that. It will be more impressive, if all of
us ring at the same time for a surprise visit ;)

Dirk

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Dirk Dittert wrote:

Mark Derricutt wrote:

>> Cool story ;) Now to plot a trip to Prague ;)


But let's get organized for that. It will be more impressive, if all of
us ring at the same time for a surprise visit ;)

+10

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"Florian Hehlen" <florian.hehlen@ubsw.com> wrote in message
news:20445889.1049447131926.JavaMail.javamailuser@localhost...

We got to this place which somehow did not live up to my
expectation... you know the classic Silicon Valley type
building with glass and pollished steal every thing!
No... it was a house!


What? No big shiny headquarters?? Where do they throw their lavish parties
every Friday???How are they going to blow through tens of millions of
dollars of funding per year???? Don't they know anything about being a
software company?!?!?


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On Fri, 04 Apr 2003 09:40:01 -0500, Dirk Dittert wrote:

But let's get organized for that. It will be more impressive, if all of us
ring at the same time for a surprise visit ;)


IntelliFest? ;)

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On Fri, 04 Apr 2003 09:56:29 -0800, Erik Hanson wrote:

Don't they know anything about being a software company?!?!?


Obviously not - but thats probably why there successful :P

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Intellipalooza?

"Mark Derricutt" <pinhead@satinism.org> wrote in message
news:pan.2003.04.04.20.41.39.449498@satinism.org...

On Fri, 04 Apr 2003 09:40:01 -0500, Dirk Dittert wrote:

>

But let's get organized for that. It will be more impressive, if all of

us

ring at the same time for a surprise visit ;)

>

IntelliFest? ;)



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On Fri, 04 Apr 2003 15:11:27 -0600, Brad Lane wrote:

Intellipalooza?


Now thats just commercializm.

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I guess, developing new cool features and getting the feed-back from
enthusiastic users makes fun enough.

Tom


"Erik Hanson" <ehanson@comsys.com> schrieb:

>"Florian Hehlen" <florian.hehlen@ubsw.com> wrote in message
>news:20445889.1049447131926.JavaMail.javamailuser@localhost...
>> We got to this place which somehow did not live up to my
>> expectation... you know the classic Silicon Valley type
>> building with glass and pollished steal every thing!
>> No... it was a house!
>
>What? No big shiny headquarters?? Where do they throw their lavish parties
>every Friday???How are they going to blow through tens of millions of
>dollars of funding per year???? Don't they know anything about being a
>software company?!?!?
>

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