Documentation for EAP Features

I am IntelliJ 3.0.5 for quite some time now and today I downloaded build #977 EAP. However I couldn't find any documentation/how to's about the new features offered by EAP. I know its too much to ask for, but a simple "getting started" document would be of much help. If its already there, can some one please post the URL.

Thanks...

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I don't think such a document exists yet. When they get close to a 4.0 release you will probably see such documentation. I think the best way to learn about the eap is to stay involved in it. Most of us have learned about the features with each release. You could proably read the old posts and get most of the information you need

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q wrote:

>I couldn't find any documentation/how to's about the new features offered by EAP.
>


To catch up with the EAP, I'd suggest you :

1/ copy the list of new features from
http://www.intellij.net/eap/products/idea/changes.jsp
into a text file

2/ prune what you don't need (ex. EJB, WebApp, JSP)
3/ print
4/ read, from the end (the earliest builds), to the top
- When you master a feature, remove it from the file.
- When a new build pops up, add the new features at the top of this file.

Rinse and repeat.

Alain

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Thanks Charles and Alain for the suggestion. However if all of us are going through this learning process, and kind of reinventing the wheel, how about if JetBrain's guys come up with a simple getting started document for the upcoming features. Nothing fancy, you know. Just a simple txt file. After all, these guys are playing with the new features all the time and any way they have to come up with the documentation when they release the final product.

The reason I am pushing it so much is because I suggested my company to buy IntelliJ and now I am finding it difficult to keep up with the new features.

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I think once the product is actually released you will see full documentation on it's features.

I don't think it's reasonable to ask them to document features released in an eap build. Many times they release something and then make drastic changes after getting feedback on it.

If you feel generous you could write some how-to's and post them on intellij.org.

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We do not write documentation on EAPs because things change rapidly and at
times drastically. Just as you must learn the new features, those of us
responsible for documetnation must also learn the new features, find out
where they have been placed (menu items change, get re-organized, or
disappear altogether), etc.... However, once everything is finalized and
4.0 is released, we have documents, help, overviews, etc.... available for
you around the same time or a week or two after .... and then you'll be in
documentation bliss. ;) However, as noted many times before, IDEA is
pretty user friendly ... you can learn IDEA quicker playing with it than you
can by reading documetation... I think most users would agree with that
statement.

Best,

David



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I am IntelliJ 3.0.5 for quite some time now and today I downloaded build

#977 EAP. However I couldn't find any documentation/how to's about the new
features offered by EAP. I know its too much to ask for, but a simple
"getting started" document would be of much help. If its already there, can
some one please post the URL.
>

Thanks...



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David Stennett <david@intellij.com> wrote:

However, as noted many times before, IDEA is
pretty user friendly ... you can learn IDEA quicker playing with it than you
can by reading documetation... I think most users would agree with that
statement.


That is correct in most cases. For example: There's the "Use CamelHumps
Words" settings in the IDE settings. I bet there's many people out there
that won't guess what it does.

Dirk Dittert

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In article <1g5re8x.18n3ka3hz0rs6N%dittert@despammed.com>,
dittert@despammed.com (Dirk Dittert) wrote:

David Stennett <david@intellij.com> wrote:

However, as noted many times before, IDEA is
pretty user friendly ... you can learn IDEA quicker playing with it than you
can by reading documetation... I think most users would agree with that
statement.


That is correct in most cases. For example: There's the "Use CamelHumps
Words" settings in the IDE settings. I bet there's many people out there
that won't guess what it does.


And there are many features that don't show up on any menu, so nobody
knows about them.

Some solutions to that problem: add them to the menus and/or add them to
the tip o' the day (and update that during the EAP cycle so people know
to test the new features).


--
Erik Hanson

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On Wed, 10 Dec 2003 16:20:50 +0100, Dirk Dittert wrote:

That is correct in most cases. For example: There's the "Use CamelHumps
Words" settings in the IDE settings. I bet there's many people out there
that won't guess what it does.


I turned it on for the first time the other day actually, but turned it
off shortly afterwards as it drove me insane.

double-click highlights camel
triple-click highlights line

is there no "highlight whole word" option when cameling?

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In article <pan.2003.12.10.18.56.22.933456@talios.com>,
Mark Derricutt <mark@talios.com> wrote:

On Wed, 10 Dec 2003 16:20:50 +0100, Dirk Dittert wrote:

That is correct in most cases. For example: There's the "Use CamelHumps
Words" settings in the IDE settings. I bet there's many people out there
that won't guess what it does.


I turned it on for the first time the other day actually, but turned it
off shortly afterwards as it drove me insane.

double-click highlights camel
triple-click highlights line

is there no "highlight whole word" option when cameling?


There is not, but triple-click to highlight the whole word has been
discussed many times. I'm not sure why it hasn't been implemented though.

--
Erik Hanson

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Suggestion: I think we EAP users are quite qualified to write some
documentation about IDEA. Why not start an unofficial Guide to Aurora's
New Features on the wiki?

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Here we go... I am browsing this forum after 3 weeks and it looks like the whole IntellJ world has changed in 3 weeks and I am really feeling myself isolated in the new world with no directions and no documentations.

You know what, if the IntelliJ people won't come up with the updated documentation ASAP, only those people who participate in this forum will purchase the licence (I bet, most of them already have one). And the rest of us would look at the so called ADVANCED feature, scratch their head and will think that this IDE is only for people who write JDK/J2EE specifications and not for the software developers like us who are already pressed with their strict project's deadlines. I though an IDE is supposed to help the developers...

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q <no_mail@jetbrains.com> wrote:

Here we go... I am browsing this forum after 3 weeks and it looks like the
whole IntellJ world has changed in 3 weeks and I am really feeling
myself isolated in the new world with no directions and no
documentations.


I don't think writing documentation about things that aren't done yet
makes a lot of sense. Probably they'll add documentation back in when UI
settles a little bit.

What exactly do you need help with? There's a quite a few people around
this newsgroup that'll help you out if you're stuck somewhere.

Dirk Dittert

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We will start including the documentation this week.

Eugene


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q <no_mail@jetbrains.com> wrote:

>

Here we go... I am browsing this forum after 3 weeks and it looks like

the

whole IntellJ world has changed in 3 weeks and I am really feeling
myself isolated in the new world with no directions and no
documentations.

>

I don't think writing documentation about things that aren't done yet
makes a lot of sense. Probably they'll add documentation back in when UI
settles a little bit.

>

What exactly do you need help with? There's a quite a few people around
this newsgroup that'll help you out if you're stuck somewhere.

>

Dirk Dittert



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