Two things, both revolving around expanding the IDE Settings so that
they can be used in a wider range of scenarios making the product that
much more flexable (and thus open to a wider audience and range of uses).
1. Syntax Highlighting
Currently you can only group keywords on a custom file type into 4
sections - we have use for at least 6-8 groups of keywords (all
preferably with different keywords). Ideally, an extensible list of
groups would be available to us.
We have use for 6 different comment types - usually 3 or more in the
same file type - IDEA only copes with 2 currently (one block and one
single line). Allowing multiple block and single line comments would be
of great use to us. The common ones are as follows:
; single line
// single line
<!-- block -->
/* block */
// block //
Indentation pattern matching for functions / methods would be an
Keyword assosiation (not required but damn useful) where you could add
meta data to a keyword, in a java doc style manner. Eg: being able to
say what a keyword is for, when it became available etc.
Much the same as pushing Ctrl+Q on a function / keyword with meta data
attached in a java file.
With this in mind we would have 4 members of the team using IDEA for
development purposes rather than just 1 with the other 4 using
alternative (inferior) text editors. Opening the door to this realm
would increase and expand IDEA's market saturation (and cash flow to go
2. Colour Selection & Todo Expansion
The ability to set multiple custom colours for todo lists would be great
as its not just used for todo (i.e. importance, notes) where I would
prefer to have todo blue, importance red, notes green etc.
Are any of these features worth putting into the tracker, and how do the
guys at IntelliJ feel about branching into the sector and opening up the