Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Git Questions – How to Keep a Git Fork up to Date

Carrying on our series of Git Questions, this week Gary Hockin (PhpStorm Advocate) and I look at the question: how do I make sure my GitHub fork is up to date when the open source project it forked has moved on? … Continue reading

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Git Questions – How do I switch branches without losing my work?

We regularly get questions about how to achieve a particular thing – as developers there are parts of our workflow which trip us up, that our tools can help us with if we understand how.  So we’ve decided to start answering … Continue reading

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IntelliJ IDEA Inspection Settings for Refactoring to Java 8

I’ve been giving a talk this year showcasing how to use IntelliJ IDEA inspections to help you refactor existing code to Java 8. The initial version of this, the one I gave at DevoxxUK (video), is based on my Migrating … Continue reading

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Java 8 Top Tips

I’ve been working a lot with Java 8 code over the last couple of years, for both new applications and migrating existing ones, and it feels like the right time to write down some of the “best practices” I’ve found useful. I … Continue reading

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Webinar Recording: Refactoring with IntelliJ IDEA

Last week we had two exciting events: IntelliJ IDEA 2016.2 Public Preview announcement, and a webinar in which Bill Wake gave a one-hour masterclass on refactoring with IntelliJ IDEA. The preview is definitely worth a try, so please help yourself to … Continue reading

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Enjoying Java and Being More Productive with IntelliJ IDEA

Every time I visit a Java conference or a meetup and talk to people unfamiliar with IntelliJ IDEA, I get similar questions again and again: “What’s so special about IntelliJ IDEA? What does IntelliJ IDEA has that other Java IDEs … Continue reading

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IntelliJ IDEA Tips and Tricks

Three weeks ago we announced IntelliJ IDEA Preview and now we are preparing for the release. Hadi Hariri, Developer Advocacy Lead at JetBrains, presented his talk at JavaZone entitled ‘IntelliJ IDEA Tips ans Tricks’ which also includes features from IntelliJ IDEA … Continue reading

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Why Write Automated Tests?

After writing a post for the Upsource blog about evaluating tests during code review, I found myself compelled to write something more general on why we should be writing automated tests. If you already know the value of tests, you … Continue reading

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Using Rich-Text Copy in IntelliJ IDEA 14.1

IntelliJ IDEA 14 added built-in support (without additional plugins required) for copying text to external rich-text editors such as MS Word, OpenOffice Writer, Gmail, etc. allowing for preserving formatting. IntelliJ IDEA 14.1 makes it more flexible, allowing you to choose … Continue reading

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Inspection Connection – Issue #5, Encapsulation Examination

Encapsulation is a simple but powerful concept in software engineering that often goes hand-in hand with abstraction. In OOP, we use these two principles to help model mundane and complex systems, from physical processes to digital transactions, however these terms … Continue reading

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