EAP disappointment for Flex development

As a die hard IDEA user I usually participate in the EAP program from day one and I have been using IDEA for Flex development from when it became available (version 8). Every new Leda EAP I give a shot but it turns out it is so broken (at least for Flex/Actionscript development) that I give up after a few minutes, because I makes me totally unproductive. The errors are so numerous and random that I am too lazy to file issues. Of course I do the usual routine clearing cache etc. My project is about 500 .as and 250 .mxml classes (so obviously I cannot provide the source code). Here are some examples of what is broken (all of which are handled correctly in 11.1.4):
- code completion (closest matches are way down the list, no obvious pattern)
- navigation (CMD-B jumps to wrong line numbers)
- code inspection (good code red)
- variables marked as unused even though they are used
The list goes on and on. But as I said, it's difficult to spot a pattern, lots of annoying quirks. Any Flex developers noticing the same problems or am I alone here? If this does not improve I will not automatically upgrade to version 12 this time.
Maybe IDEA is becoming too complex and bloated - like any version 12 software, who knows. I wish Jetbrains had continued the Astella path - a lean Flex IDE nicely branded.
BTW - I do not like the look of the new file icons at all. The file navigation tree is difficult to decode, partly because the directory icons are flat and the file icons are so much more detailed - a very inconsistent scheme as someone pointed out in a different thread.

Thanks and regards,
Peter

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Hi, Peter,
thank you for your feedback! Negative feedback is even more useful than positive.
I need to say that the issues that you see are not known to us. Probably they are caused by changes in IntelliJ IDEA core, but not in Flex/ActionScript specific part. I need to ask you for details. May be you'll find time to send screenshots with angry comments directly to me and I'll file issues myself (alexander dot doroshko at jetbrains dot com).

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HI,

just FYI I completely agree with what Peter is saying. The quality of the latest EAP versions is not at all like the quality of earlier EAP releases.

The latest one (122.592) was actually completely useless since the right click context menu in the project view does not appear. I reverted back to 122.519 (which has obvious issues as well).

regards,
Christophe

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Please attach idea.log file

On 10/23/2012 12:36 PM, Christophe Herreman wrote:

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just FYI I completely agree with what Peter is saying. The quality of the latest EAP versions is not at all like the quality of earlier EAP releases.

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The latest one (122.592) was actually completely useless since the right click context menu in the project view does not appear. I reverted back to 122.519 (which has obvious issues as well).

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regards,
Christophe

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The problem with bad sorting of completion variants is reproduced, the fix is in progress.
Other problems still require more details.

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Thanks, I will try to find time to reproduce the other problems with a small test project.

The code inspection sometimes works for a while and then starts marking good code red - mostly in MXML classes. Only clearing the IDEA cache helps. Some code inspections which also mark good code red have been introduced with Leda while IDEA 11 works fine.

Regards,
Peter

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Hi guys,

Thanks again for the feedback,

Can you maybe correlate this 'good code red' with some particular actions, e.g. you use undo, or maybe 'Inspect code'?

Thanks,
Kirill

PS I would maybe have a screen recorder running in background all the time and just cut last 5 minutes before red code appears. Not sure it's acceptable for you though :)

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Completion problem is fixed in next EAP (122.694+)

On 10/23/2012 10:59 AM, Peter Jacobsen wrote:

As a die hard IDEA user I usually participate in the EAP program from day one and I have been using IDEA for Flex development from when it became available (version 8). Every new Leda EAP I give a shot but it turns out it is so broken (at least for Flex/Actionscript development) that I give up after a few minutes, because I makes me totally unproductive. The errors are so numerous and random that I am too lazy to file issues. Of course I do the usual routine clearing cache etc. My project is about 500 .as and 250 .mxml classes. Here are some examples of what is broken (all of which are handled correctly in 11.1.4):
- code completion (closest matches are way down the list, no obvious pattern)
- navigation (CMD-B jumps to wrong line numbers)
- code inspection (good code red)
- variables marked as unused even though they are used
The list goes on and on. But as I said, it's difficult to spot a pattern, lots of annoying quirks. Any Flex developers noticing the same problems or am I alone here? If this does not improve I will not automatically upgrade to version 12 this time.
Maybe IDEA is becoming too complex and bloated - like any version 12 software, who knows. I wish Jetbrains had continued the Astella path - a lean Flex IDE nicely branded.

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Thanks and regards,
Peter

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