Author: Helen Scott

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Helen Scott

Helen is a Java Developer Advocate at JetBrains. She has over 20 years’ experience in the software industry which has been gained in a variety of roles including developer, technical writer, product owner, and advocacy.

  • Generating Code with IntelliJ IDEA

    One of the super cool things about IntelliJ IDEA is how much code you can generate with minimum effort.

    There’s a Generate menu in IntelliJ IDEA that you can access with ⌘N on macOS and Alt+Insert on Windows and Linux.

    Here’s a quick tour of some of the places where you can use it in Java projects in IntelliJ IDEA.

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  • 3 Ways to Refactor Your Code in IntelliJ IDEA

    In this blog, we’re going to look at 3 ways to refactor your code in IntelliJ IDEA.

    Simplifying your code has lots of advantages, including improving readability, tackling technical debt, and managing ever-changing requirements. The three types of refactoring we will look at in this blog are:

    – Extracting and Inlining
    – Change Signature
    – Renaming

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  • IntelliJ IDEA Made Me Lazy

    I haven’t always been lazy; it’s a fairly recent addition to my repertoire of skills. And do you know who I blame? I blame IntelliJ IDEA. I used to check that I’d completed a statement correctly, I used to look at javadoc, I used to check I’d closed my parentheses correctly, but now I don’t give things a second glance.

    Being lazy isn’t a bad thing, it’s an efficiency gain that allows me to focus on the things that matter, which isn’t checking my parentheses are correct or remembering to put a semi-colon after my statement. No, it’s taking time for myself and those around me. Sure, it’s IntelliJ IDEA’s fault, but I am happy that we’re here!

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  • OpenJDK, JDKs and Every Java Acronym in Between

    The Java SE landscape is strewn with acronyms that it has picked up over the last 25 years. Sometimes those acronyms even mean multiple things.

    This post attempts to explain them all in terms of two main groupings: OpenJDK and Java Development Kits

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  • Live Templates in IntelliJ IDEA

    When I first came across the notion of Live Templates, I couldn’t figure out what was ‘live’ about them. Did they need feeding or something?

    It seems to be an industry-standard term, so I’m no longer devoting much energy to this quandary, but if you were wondering the same, you’re not alone.

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  • New to IntelliJ IDEA? Me Too!

    Until recently, I last wrote Java in anger in 2002. IntelliJ IDEA had just been released; it wasn’t remotely on my radar. I honestly can’t remember what IDE we were using back then, but it certainly was a very long way to the fully featured IDE that JetBrains produce today.

    Here’s my personal experience of using IntelliJ IDEA for the first time.

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