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Discussion on: IntelliJ vs Eclipse vs VSCode

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Karl Heinz Marbaise

You have listed several points off interest but listing different things to compare them? May be I misunderstand the post here..

You have listed Eclipse to run on anything that supports JVM yes of course cause it's Java based exactly like IntelliJ does?...

For Eclipse you have listed a large plugin ecosystem? For IntelliJ most things are already contained in IntelliJ out of the box..as well existing a large number of plugins. A simple example is to switch from Java Code to the according test class. In Eclipse you need a plugin in IntellIJ it works without a plugin out of the box.

You have mentioned having Eclipse more frequent software updates? Hm...
If I take a look within the laster 3 years which I'm using IDEA IntelliJ I see more or less every 4 weeks an update in IDEA IntelliJ or even less.

Furthermore IDEA IntelliJ has a far superior refactoring support then Eclipse apart from that there a lot of small nitfy details which are a lot better in IntelliJ then in Eclipse (I've worked 12 years with Eclipse). Things like structural search/replacement does simply not exist in Eclipse. A much better support for Java8 lambdas etc. debugging of Lambdas etc.
And yes there are two different editions of IntelliJ. The community and the ultimate (which cost money)... but if you are working on the Job with IDEA each cent of the money is worth...
Things like support for Asciidoctor in Intellij simply works ..in Eclipse to be honest it was not really usable (tried it several times)...