Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

4 reasons to upgrade to IDEA 10.5 for your Java coding

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Jetbrains have released version 10.5 of their commercial Java IDE. I currently use version 10.0 so was intrigued to see what a 0.5 update meant. I downloaded it to try. Here are my first impressions:-

1. Speed is better. In the days of IDEA 5.0 it was the quickest tool around but since then performance has tailed off. In particular, it seems to spend a large amount of time indexing things which is frustrating. 10.5 is snappy and I have spent them morning using it for coding without any delay.

2. Better Mercurial support. I found Mercurial support disappointing on IDEA 10. There was an issue on my Mac which meant that the commit window was blank (so I could not review the code changes) and it was slow. I often dropped into command line and ran Mercurial by hand. IDEA 10.5 works perfectly on my Mac and it seems much faster.

3. New features. IDEA has a pretty complete featureset already, but the Java world does not keep still and most of the new features keep IDEA as a cutting edge tool. These include support for Java 7, and better support for technologies such as Android, Groovy, Flex.

4. Upgrade is free to current customers. If you are using 10.0 this version is significantly better and it is free.

Full details of the new features can be found on the IDEA website. I think it is a very worthwhile update and especially like the speed and better Mercurial support. What do you think of the new version?

Mark Stephens Mark Stephens has been working with Java and PDF since 1999 and has diversified into HTML5, SVG and JavaFX. He also enjoys speaking at conferences and has been a Speaker at user groups, Business of Software, Seybold and JavaOne conferences. He has a very dry sense of humor and an MA in Medieval History for which he has not yet found a practical use.

2 Replies to “4 reasons to upgrade to IDEA 10.5 for your…”

  1. I’ve been using the EAP builds of IntelliJ, so unfortunately I rarely notice new features, but I’m definitely pleased I bought IntelliJ. I was so fed up with spending hours getting the fragile eclipse plugins to work well together, and the saving in time has more than paid for the price of an IntelliJ license.

  2. Speed is much improved on my MAC. I had actually switched a lot of work to Eclipse because I was fed up with the delays. My favourite IDEA feature is the refactoring and the static analysis tools which are both very powerful.

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