User experience: IntelliJ IDEA 5.1 vs NetBeans 5.0

A set of reviews that compare two Java IDE’s: IntelliJ IDEA 5.1 and NetBeans 5.0. The author is not a professional reviewer, but a real Java developer with the real tasks and work to do. Each review is presented as a “streetfight round”.
Looks like IntelliJ IDEA wins.
Round 6, Round 5, Round 4, Round 3, Round 2, Round 1

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3 Responses to User experience: IntelliJ IDEA 5.1 vs NetBeans 5.0

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    Adrian Milliner says:

    April 4, 2006

    This is pretty much my experience with NB/IDEA. I *want* to switch to NB, but it’s just not quite there. Doesn’t have the polish. Doesn’t have the speed. And if you have to use clearcase, NB is just frightening on cc dynamic views 🙁

    Also what happened the the text anti-aliasing in NB5.5 preview (on a Mac on java 5)? It’s awful. Please don’t try to anti-alias text until you can do it properly, and certainly don’t take over OSX’s text anti-aliasing.

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    Vinny says:

    April 27, 2006

    Hello, Thanks looking at my humble posts. I have moved from roller to blojsom so the urls of the “Street Fights” have changed. You can see them all at :

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    jimmy lone says:

    August 17, 2006

    this war or words can only be settled the old fashion way, a punch up between the US (NB5) and Euro (I5.1) teams. Who ever wins gets my IDE loyalty for life.

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