Saturday, February 27, 2016

Re: What is best IDE for developing GWT applications?

I find IntelliJ to be superior to eclipse, not only in its out of the box (for the Ultimate edition--not free) support for GWT, but for almost everything else. I was too an eclipse user for many years so I know the difference.

On Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8:13:56 AM UTC-7, Gilberto wrote:
Let's get real for a moment: Eclipse is a plug-in hell.

Have you ever try to run a multi-module App Engine project with multi module GWT app, configured with Maven? Don't even try, go to the command line and run the server from there.

Sometimes you lose days of work just setting up the environment. And that sucks.

But, I still use it. I prefer how Eclipse deal with git and how it's code completion works (ctrl+space for everything, instead of a different shortcut for each type of code completion, like on IntelliJ). It's a matter of knowing what is possible and what is not inside the IDE, and which combination of plug-ins (and its versions) works for your project, and which don't.

I have some friends that love IntelliJ and would never go back to Eclipse again. In my opinion, if you aren't crazy yet because of the plug-in hell, Eclipse can still do a good job. Like Ed said, it's the best free IDE available.

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