IntelliJ IDEA CE+start.spring.io instead of IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate?

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Greetings, friends. Noob question - as the title indicates. Our company is moving towards project conversions from an SOA tool to Java Spring and while it's a very long term project, I'd like to get started with some practice at home with IntelliJ IDEA. I see Community Edition doesn't do Spring out of the box - but can I use start.spring.io along with IDEA CE and effectively get the same functionality as Ultimate? I get that there's probably a lot more you get with Ultimate but I'm not getting compensated for a license ($149 right now, soon to be $169) so I thought I'd get CE but I wanna do Spring. Apologies in advance if I've completely mucked things up in my head. Set me straight and THANKS! official website

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IntelliJ IDEA Community doesn't provide Spring Boot support or application servers support, see https://www.jetbrains.com/idea/features/editions_comparison_matrix.html .

can I use start.spring.io along with IDEA CE and effectively get the same functionality as Ultimate?

You can still use it for Spring Boot applications, but many features will not work and you will have to deploy/run your code using Maven or Gradle.

In order to run Spring application in IntelliJ CE you can use the Application run/debug configuration or Maven/Gradle (like you would do in the command line, outside of any IDE).

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