I decided to cross post this to the documentation group since I think this
really is a help issue. I think the weakest area of IDEA is the help system.
It is both incomplete and it basically regurgitates the obvious meaning of
controls with adding any context that would help you do something.
It seems strange to me that nowhere is there a description of the
decorations on icons for the objects in the project and package view panes.
I have figured out what most of them mean but it seems like a big oversite
for people who are new to the product. Does anyone have a listing that they
The best information is the description of the "Sort by Type" heading under
Project Views in the help. This describes the main class type icons but then
does not go on the describe the various decorated versions of these icons.
One of the reasons I use Intellij instead of Eclipse is because I want to
spend my time solving my design and coding problems and not how to use the
I just received "Intellij IDEA in Action", which I like. It along with the
IDEA help provides no additional coverage of this topic.