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Have you ever tried any JetBrains product?

From time to time I've seen products like WebStorm, PyCharm, PhpStorm, Space, TeamCity, IntelliJ appearing in the tools list of some devs.

I've also aware their products are pretty pricey, knowing that nowadays you can find a free alternative for almost anything.

Have you ever tried any of their products and is the price/value ratio really good enough to use their stuff?

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Ioram Gordadze • Edited

They have great products.
I use IntelliJ, WebStorm, PyCharm and DataGrip on daily basis and they are very useful.

I am buying their all product pack subscription for individuals and it doesn't seam to be pricey.

249$ - first year
199$ - second year
149$ - third year onwards

Seams pretty reasonable pricing to me for a full-time employee software developer.

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Rob Kendal {{☕}}

I'm a long time user of Webstorm and have used things like ReSharper in the past. Hands down the best IDE I've used. VS Code is really really great, but I've found that it's a bit like WordPress: good out of the box; better with a butt load of extensions.

Trouble is, the extensions bog it down and I found I was getting performance issues and random problems with things like autocomplete and so on.

However, back to JetBrains and Webstorm. Absolutely love it. It feels like a more grown up, well-rounded IDE with superb autocomplete and function linking and referencing. It has so much support for various languages and tooling built in, and yes, it is a little slower to boot up than, say VS Code or Sublime, but once up and running, it's very performant.

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Andrew Baisden

When I started learning Kotlin I needed to use IntelliJ IDEA. And when I started to learn Flutter/Dart I started using Android Studio which is built on JetBrains' IntelliJ IDEA software. So now i'm a fan of both however I have setup Visual Studio Code for Kotlin and Flutter/Dart projects. But its still easier to use JetBrains products for that type of development because you get more features and plugins.

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Devashish Datt Mamgain

IntelliJ - one of the best IDEs so far. its costly but its worth the price. I used it for Java projects. I have used Eclipse, Netbeans and IntelliJ all three for Java, J2EE projects. Loved IntelliJ out of these 3. It takes time to load the project initially but post that it works fast.

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Jordy Lee

Each to their own, but ever since I tried WebStorm I've been hooked on all JetBrains IDEs and will never go back to VSCode. The most valuable features for me is the extremely good refactoring tooling built in to all JB products, as well as very helpful and educative prompts that guide you to use best practices in your code.

I feel like I'm a professional software dev using JetBrains products, while I feel like I'm back to "learning to code" mode with VSCode.

The biggest downside of JB IDEs is they can be very memory intensive. If you don't have a powerful laptop it can get quite laggy.

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Sergiy Yevtushenko

I'm using IntelliJ Community edition, which is free. One of the best Java IDE's.
Also, I have purchased CLion for personal projects. So far this is the best IDE for C/C++/Rust.

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Jonathan Boudreau

From what I've seen from others using it, it looks like it often has performance issues. You're probably better off sticking to vscode. As a developer, I don't think the price really matters (for software I use which is free, I'll donate to the project).

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Sergiy Yevtushenko • Edited

From my experience VSCode is slower and consumes more resources than JetBrains products. And not even close in regard to functionality.

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Jonathan Boudreau

I don't use vscode or any jetbrain products, I'm just stating the experience of several others. They were using macbooks, could this be related?

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Sergiy Yevtushenko

Not sure, I've used macbook as well and haven't noticed any issues.

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vaclavhodek • Edited

For something like 7 years, I was a big fan of Eclipse for Java development.

A few years ago, I was forced to try IntelliJ. Next day, I bought the Ultimate version which is my go to IDE for everything now and I have never looked back. It's awesome, productive, and comes with everything I need. From database, docker, terminal, etc. I don't need to leave it IDE, and the completion engine is excellent.

Now, I'm mostly using Kotlin and I couldn't even imagine my life without IntelliJ.

And as for the price? It's virtually free in comparison how much time it saves me.

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David Dal Busco

Back in the days we migrated from Eclipse to IntellIJ because the Maven integration for Java was just less laggy.

Naturally when I switched to web development and was looking for an editor, I went with Webstorm.

Never regretted it and I can say that it is definitely worth the price to me. Even though VSCode is really slick, and for having it use a bit, I find the refactoring suite and the Git integration (resolving merge conflicts is almost easy) in Webstorm just more powerful.

That being said, I whish their was a plugin such as Peacok for it 😜.

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David Dal Busco • Edited

Just noticed that you are also asking about non-editor tools of Jetbrains.

At a client company, they/we are still using Teamcity and I have to deal with it quite often. I have to say I don't like it much. Not a big fan of using Kotlin to describe pipelines and the web client is a bit outdated and consume so, much, RAM (why !???!?!).

Of course that's an opinionated answer as mine above about Webstorm. Still like you Jetbrains.

Also worth to notice, their support channel is really professional and quick to answer.

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Gary Bell

I keep telling myself to try the git element of phpstorm, but I never do. I think I'm just too used to the old way of manually checking conflicts.

Still, one day I will try it... .probably

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David Dal Busco

I keep telling myself I should use more cmd lines, I even wrote a blog post about these I always forget 🤣

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Sascha Meyer

I have been using PhpStorm for the past 7 years now, started using it while being self-employed and I found the license cost absolutely reasonable. Usability, integrated features and extensibility are in my eyes way better than in any free or commercial tool. 0xDBE or now DataGrid is also great, it's nice to have one database IDE for multiple different DBMSs.
At my current company we use TeamCity and ReSharper for C# development and this greatly helped to improve code quality and the build process.

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Fernando B 🚀 • Edited

IJ and CL, for java, python, and c++. I realize there is PC but the python plugin is enough for me on IJ. Great ide's, switched over 6-7 years ago from eclipse never looked back.

The fact that they're all identical gui's make it so pleasant.

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Choco Lim • Edited

I would pay more if I need to, Intellij is not expensive if you are doing professional Java Programming.
Yes there are a lot of free Eclipse based IDEs for anything you can program, but you update a plugin the next thing the IDE stop working, its just a nightmare.
VSCode is nice, but is not an IDE, its a very powerfull text editor with a tons of well made plugins.

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Jason C. McDonald

I really tried to like PyCharm CE and IntelliJ, but I'm not a huge fan. There's just too many buttons, settings, and options, so it's a bit overwhelming. VSCode is much more streamlined in that regard.

And then when you consider how often I use VS Code Live Share for pair programming, that seals the deal for me. JetBrains, last I checked, had no plans to implement any sort of live sharing ability.

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And then when you consider how often I use VS Code Live Share for pair programming, that seals the deal for me. JetBrains, last I checked, had no plans to implement any sort of live sharing ability.

It seems like some effort is being done after all: Code With Me Adds Support for JetBrains IDEs v2020.3. It's still far from what Live Share offers, but they've finally considered implementing something like this.

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Alex Oladele

I guess I'm much more into Jetbrains IDEs than most people, but I absolutely love all of them! I use them consistently for any development I do, big or small.

I primarily develop in Python, so i've got my team using Pycharm at work, and it is definitely a wonderful tool. IntelliJ is the best Java IDE I've ever used as well. I even use Datagrip as a DB visualizer (and I feel like I'm the only person I've ever met that uses it)

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Mark Smith • Edited

I skimmed through the comments, it appears I am in the minority, but my experience of Webstorm terrible.

It started out alright for a year or two, very much liked the UI, but then every release introduced terrible slowdown, at times it was totally unusable. I was right in the middle of critical project.

The JetBrains support kept having me add weird hacky startup settings I never understood what they were supposed to do, and they often weren’t particularly forthcoming in explaining why I had to add these settings.

And each time they said wait for the next release, and I did, and the slowdown got worse, and worse, eventually changed IDE and everything was instantly better speed wise, though relearning the UI was a quite painful.

Never trying Webstorm again, total waste of money, but even worse, months of my life I will never get back.

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