Well someone in this forum just mentioned that IntelliJ IDEA's competitor is
Eclipse, so I decided to open a new thread and talk about it.
Vagif Hagverdiyev mentioned
The real competition for IDEA is Eclipse.
IBM is doing an amazing job, and Eclipse is free.
First of all I really don't think that IntelliJ IDEA's competitor is
Currently Eclipse is just plain simple Java IDE.
Now in order to power up Eclipse, u have to use 3rd party plugins.
And those plugins are packed with tons of bugs, well most of them are just
in alpha and beta versions.
Since the plugins are free, the developers who build the plugins don't even
pay attention to users complaining about the bugs.
But when it comes to features, Eclipse is just nowhere close to IntelliJ
There are countless number of features in IntelliJ IDEA that I can mention
that is not present in Eclipse, and most of the features that Eclipse has,
are already built inside IntelliJ IDEA. And I think that is what we are all
looking for: "an IDE with lots of good features".
For example, IntelliJ IDEA is a perfect IDE for J2EE web programming,
whereas Eclipse doesn't have anything built inside it that supports J2EE web
One of the points that Eclipse can run over IntelliJ IDEA is that its memory
management is damn good, and it is a very fast IDE.
Another cool thing about Eclipse is that it is an open source project, and
it has a very large community.
Developing in Pleasure ;)