In an annoucement earlier, Jetbrains announced a community version of IntelliJ IDEA.

IntelliJ has long been my favourite IDE.  In fact, it’s the only IDE I’ve ever liked – having used Eclipse, Netbeans, VisualAge for Java, NetDynamics and I don’t know how many others, only IntelliJ has ever delivered what I’ve wanted.

I personally belive that Eclipse’s current position as the favoured IDE (based on a long-running poll on Facebook) has purely been down to two reasons – it’s free, and key generators for IntelliJ are hard to google.

I’m going to be watching the outcome of this with extreme interest, having advocated and defended IntelliJ against Eclipse for  the last 8 years.

A comparison of the difference between the community and commercial licenses are available here.

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