Upgrade from PHPStorm to IntelliJ is a breeze

Hi all,

I was testing PHPStorm and am exited but wasn't sure if I would buy PHPStorm or the whole package.
I knew from this sites that PHPStorm is a subset of IntelliJ, but I was afraid of upgrading to test IntelliJ, beause I didn't want to spend a whole day at reconfiguring yet another workspace.
So I was looking for information on how to upgrade from PHPStorm to IntelliJ and couldn't find any - and now I know why: its a breeze. 10minutes and you work as you did in PHPStorm.

FYI: you install IntelliJ in a new directory, open it and choose open project and the path to your project and thats almost it - you find yourself in the exact same environement you were when you closed PHPStorm.

The only thing that is left: You have to install the respective plugins you used in PHPStorm and configure deployment:
In my case this was:
1. Tools/Deployment/Configuration -> same as in PHPStorm
2. Tools/XDebug proxy -> same as in PHPStorm (IDEkey form PHP.ini, host as in deployment, Port as in PHP.ini)
3. Install CSSX-extension: Settings/Plugins/tab:Available-> rightclick on CSSX-> install - restart
4. copy some of the IDESettings: in my case: from Johannes/.WebIde10/colors to Johannes/.IntelliJIdea10/config/colors, same for all custom settings you made to the IDE like codestyle, keymaps. I didnt dare to copy plugins-> you might be better off installing them like I described above
5. select the appropriate schemes in the settings dialog (e.g. Settings/Editor/Colors&fonts -> scheme name-dropdown)

The whole process took me less time than it took me to write it up ...

Hope this helps someone
Johannes

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Thanks for sharing your experience!

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Thanks for sharing Johannes, what's the added value for using the getting the whole InterlliJ platform ?

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... that I am not stuck with Web Development. I have been programming in Delphi and C/C# for a long time and would like to try Java.
I didn't want to abandon the (old) delphi IDE but this comes close ;)

I dont think theres anything in IntelliJ that a webdesigner would need and wouldn't find in PHPStorm (correct me if I'm wrong Alex...)

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Can someone answer a question for me?

What am I missing, if anything, by using the full version of IntelliJ IDEA rather than WebStorm?

I am a client side developer in a Java project. I spend all day coding JavaScript. I use the full version of IntelliJ IDEA, but I don't have any add-ons. When I bought the app, I looked at some add-ons, but I think I was having some trouble including them (some proxy issues from working at a financial institution).

Am I missing any client side developer features included in WebStorm that are not in IntelliJ IDEA? If so, are there modules/addons that I could use to have those features available to me? Should I just abort my full IDEA license (not sure what that means) and purchase a WebStorm license?

I am a big fan of JetBrains products and I want to make sure I am getting the full feature set relative to my work stream (clientside dev in a Java project)

Thanks so much!
Joe

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As far as I see nothing (thats also what Jetbrain states. (Except the easier setup of a project, but when you are already using IntelliJ that shouldn't be an argument for you.)

I started with PHPStorm and upgraded my trial to IntelliJ -> and after organising myself I couldn't make a difference wheter I had PHPStorm or IntelliJ open. They even use the same project files.

Hope this helps
Jo

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That is very helpful. Thanks!

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