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Discussion on: Why Are Some Developers so Allergic to IDEs?

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Juha-Matti Santala

I used to try Eclipse and PyCharm back in the day and even though I could build Python things in Eclipse, it felt like it was built for writing Java and vice versa. Sure, I have not used IntelliJ Idea Ultimate so maybe my experience is just outdated.

Does the IntelliJ Idea Ultimate have functionality for build tools, running tests, etc that are equally good for all languages or does it feel bit biased to one direction?

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Alex Fedorov Author

Yes, it generally does. I can switch seamlessly between different languages and run my build/test with the same shortcuts. Main refactorings are present in most of the languages. As well as auto-imports.

Of course, Java/Kotlin has top-notch support. Then Ruby/Python/Php has 2nd-place support because they are dynamic. Then you have all the other languages with medium-level support: Golang, Swift, etc.

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Alex Fedorov Author

Basically, Ultimate edition contains all the other JetBrains product inside of it in a form of a plugin you can install. Used PyCharm/RubyMine/PhpStorm/WebStorm/Goland/etc?—that’s a Python/Ruby/Php/Javascript-Typescript/Golang/etc plugin in Ultimate.