These are my must-have settings tweaks for IntelliJ IDEA, mixed with some useful tips.
However, I recommend going through all the preferences in the Settings Dialog yourself. You probably don’t even know about some problems the IDE can solve for you if adjusted correctly.
When I first saw some Sublime Text screenshots I was impressed with the Monokai theme. I’ve searched for a similar color scheme for IntelliJ IDEA and I’ve found multiple. However, they didn’t look well compared to Sublime Text. Considering the amount of time software developers spend looking at their editor, I invested a lot of time to assemble a perfect theme for me.
I’ve been using a dark theme since JetBrains released Darcula. Not because it’s cool (though it is!) or because it’s supposed to be better for the eyes. It’s because I can process different colors and their meaning much faster. Use a dark theme for a week and switch back to understand what I mean.
My main goal was to highlight fundamental pieces of code without making it too distracting. After using and adjusting it for several months, it’s time to finally publish it.
- Download my Eclectide Monokai color scheme:
- File → Import Settings → Select the jar file
- Restart IntelliJ
- If the color scheme isn’t applied automatically, go to File → Settings → Editor → Color & Fonts and select the right scheme
Alternatively, you can download the settings as XML from GitHub and put it in your
The color scheme supports many languages (no Ruby or Objective-C) and should work in all JetBrains products (IntelliJ IDEA, PhpStorm, WebStorm, PyCharm, …). You can easily adjust the scheme for any language support in the settings (see point 4.).
Recently I came upon whatthecommit.com, a commit message generator. Some of those entries are quite funny (especially when they are true):
- I must have been drunk
- Nothing to see here, move along
- Removed tests since i can’t make them green
- Many, many more…
Even Jetbrains had a good laugh about it, posting the typical developer workflow.
This gave me an idea for my first IntelliJ IDEA plugin.Continue reading
Switching from Eclipse to IntelliJ IDEA was a great decision. Eclipse of course gets things done, but not as fast, not as flawless, not as intelligent as IntelliJ.
And yet, the switching process took me some time. Especially learning new shortcuts was a little bit irritating. Performing basic tasks took me minutes, because I had to look up the correct shortcut each time. It’s possible to use an Eclipse shortcut mapping, but since I wasn’t going to switch back, I’ve decided to learn the default mapping. JetBrains offers a nice overview (PDF) containing most important shortcuts. In order to find the correct row faster, I have added another column with Eclipse shortcuts.
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