Cologne JUG IDE Shootout

The Greatful Dead said it best: What a long, strange trip it’s been.

Our wonderful trip to Cologne was topped off with a crazy adventure home.

After being stuck in a traffic jam on our way back to Amsterdam’s airport, ditching our GPS’ suggested route, and making our flight with only seconds to spare, we thought we were home free. How wrong we were.

One hour and three drinks later, the flight crew informed us of a potential engine problem. Luckily for us we were still on the ground :-). Another hour passed before we learned the potential problem was a real fuel leak and that the airline was trying to find another plane for us. One more “short” hour passed before we were finally moved to another plane and flew safely home.

After such an adventure I needed a breather, which is why I’m just now writing this report.

OK, back to the topic.

The IDE Shootout was really a fantastic event; unprecedented and unique. We all thank Michael Huettermann for his great idea and even greater hospitality.

I will not go through the entire meeting, as Michael, Roman and Frank already did:

Michael’s post at JUGCologne Blog.
Roman’s report
Frank’s blog post

I just wanted to say that this experience helped us realize what directions other IDEs take, what their positioning points are, and what their weaknesses and benefits are.

Not to sound immodest, but my general impression was that IntelliJ IDEA proved to be the best Java IDE not only to the audience, but to the opponents as well :-).
Even as pacifists, we still shot them all down ;-).

Thank you once again, Michael, for all the hard work you’ve put in to make this all happen!

Herzliche Gruesse aus St.Petersburg! ;-)

As always, may you all develop with pleasure!

– Ann.

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