I know there have been questions like What is your favorite editor/IDE?
, but none of them have answered this question: Why spend the money on Intelli J when Eclipse is free?
Many coworkers in the past have told me that they believe Eclipse to be "pretty much the same" as Intelli J, but, to counter that point, I've occasionally sat behind a developer using Eclipse who's seemed comparably inefficient (to accomplish roughly the same task), and I haven't experienced this with Intelli J.
They may be on par feature-by-feature but features can be ruined by a poor user experience, and I wonder if it's possible that Intelli J is easier to pick up and discover time-saving features.
For users who are already familiar with Eclipse, on top of the real cost of Intelli J, there is also the cost of time spent learning the new app.
Eclipse gets a lot of users who simply don't want to spend $250 on an IDE.
If Intelli J really could help my team be more productive, how could I sell it to them?
For those users who've tried both, I'd be very interested in specific pros or cons either way.
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