IntelliJ IDEA and JRebel: Better Together

Yesterday, ZeroTurnaround announced their recently upgraded JRebel plugin for IntelliJ IDEA. We liked what we saw, and thought you would too.

JRebel (formerly JavaRebel) is a small application that allows you to see changes you make to your code without redeploying it by mapping your project workspace directly to a running application. So, when you make a change to any class or resource in your IDE the change is immediately reflected in the application, skipping build and redeploy phases.

They’ve posted a survey (700+ respondents) that says the redeploy & restart phase wastes 2-8 weeks of your development time annually, depending on the container you use.

The plugin itself lets you configure JRebel for projects and containers directly within IntelliJ IDEA, using a neat GUI, instead of going to the command line. Basically, if you’re interested in JRebel, then it’s easier than ever to work with it directly from IntelliJ IDEA.

For more information, check out the Plugin Home Page and its Installation Guide.

If you’re interested in writing your own plugins for IntelliJ IDEA, check out our repository of 550+ extensions, and information on how you can get started, here: http://plugins.intellij.net/

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2 Responses to IntelliJ IDEA and JRebel: Better Together

  1. Michael says:

    The debugger already lets you do this run running a container locally. What does JRebel do differently?

  2. Dave Booth says:

    The difference is in the types of changes that you can make (and see) without needing to redeploy. The debugger is using HotSwap. Check out the differences here: http://www.zeroturnaround.com/jrebel/comparison/

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