Category Archives: Tips & Tricks

Debugger Basics in IntelliJ IDEA

If you’ve ever used System.out.println() to debug your code, this post is a must-read. A debugger is a special tool that you can use to execute your code in a strictly controlled environment. It lets you review and analyze the … Continue reading

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Code Generation

A few weeks back we published a blog post and video about Code Completion. Now we’re going to look at Code Generation, which compliments the completion features so nicely that in the past we put both sets of features into … Continue reading

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Double Shift to Search Everywhere

As a user of IntelliJ IDEA, you may often find yourself wanting to increase your productivity by limiting the use of your mouse in your daily work.  With IntelliJ IDEA, you really only have to know a basic set of … Continue reading

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Code Completion

We’ve been updating our videos lately. Some are topics that haven’t been covered before, and some, like this one, have been covered more than once. In this video, we wanted to show the different types of code completion available in … Continue reading

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Write Code Faster Using Live Templates

Whether you are preparing for a code demo or writing an every-day code, live templates offer a great way to speed up your coding. You can type in just a few letters and expand them to a much longer piece … Continue reading

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Tutorial: Your First Java Application

Most readers of the IntelliJ IDEA blog are long past writing “Hello World” applications, but there are plenty of people who haven’t yet taken that first step to writing a Java program. If you are one of them, this tutorial … Continue reading

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UI Secrets: Customize the Appearance of IntelliJ IDEA

IntelliJ IDEA includes a number of features to improve the readability of the source code, such as various code style settings and color schemes for proper highlighting. But writing source code is not the only activity when creating software. It … Continue reading

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Tips for Writing Code in IntelliJ IDEA

Many of our screencasts and videos highlight particular features of the IDE. Others are tutorials on specific technologies. We decided to create a video which puts all of this together and shows how using a range of IntelliJ IDEA features … Continue reading

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Look Inside Compiled Code with Java Bytecode Decompiler

When something is there for us day after day, we tend to take it for granted. In IntelliJ IDEA, there are several features that many people don’t even notice, even as they use them all the time. One of these … Continue reading

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Top 15 IntelliJ IDEA Shortcuts

IntelliJ IDEA has keyboard shortcuts for most of its commands related to editing, navigation, refactoring, debugging, and pretty much everything else we might want to do regularly. Learning and practicing these shortcuts so they get loaded into our muscle memory … Continue reading

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