IntelliJ IDEA is a reliable software solution focused on developers’ productivity and efficiency. It provides you with a comprehensive set of tools and integrations with the most modern technologies and frameworks including Java, Scala, Groovy or other programming languages.
Since it is developed as a straightforward Java IDE, IntelliJ IDEA does provide support for web, enterprise and mobile frameworks and code assistance for all supported languages and frameworks.
Irrespective of which programming language you choose to develop mobile applications with, be it .NET, C++ or C#, IntelliJ IDEA comes with useful tools including UML Designer, SQL Editor or Bug Tracker Integration that make the development more productive.
The main window is user-friendly and displays by default the navigation toolbar and the ‘Project view’ section that allows you to view all the available files. Since the application does not include other perspectives like other IDEs do (for example Eclipse), you don’t need to switch between different workspace layouts to perform various tasks. It brings up the corresponding tools automatically and the actions stay the same all the time.
The Project section that can be accessed from the left panel of the application displays all the available components and libraries that help you develop various apps. However, since some files are generated automatically such as modules.xml or compiler.xml, you must be aware that by deleting them, the application won’t be able to run your scripts properly.
Additionally to Code completion, IntelliJ IDEA provides Smart Completion as well. While the first option helps you to complete names of classes and variables, the latter option suggests only those types that are expected in the current context.
After writing your scripts, you can navigate to the ‘Code’ menu and perform various changes such as optimizing imports, implementing several methods and overriding them. Then, you are able to analyze dependencies by selecting the analysis scope.
To wrap it up, IntelliJ IDEA is a steady and practical solution worth having when you need to develop mobile and web platforms using intuitive editors for various programming languages such as LESS, TypeScript or CoffeScript.