IDE tips


One of the sessions we had at the Roundup was one entitled "IDE tips and tricks". We basically sat there with our laptops and did a show & tell of various "hidden" IDE features we knew about to help productivity. There were Eclipse, IntelliJ and NetBeans users there - and even some advocacy for Vim :) We discovered pretty quickly that this would not make for compelling listening, so we just turned off the recorder.



One thing I discovered (and which I saw during our languages coding dojo day as well) is that a lot of people don't use many of the productivity boosters. Therefore, I thought I'd bring some of these up here. Since I've been intending to start blogging more again, I'll make this a regular "column".



To kick things off, I'll just point to an old blog entry which is still relevant: Hippie Completion. Learn to use Ctrl-K while editing, it will be worth your while. (Eclipse has this too as of Eclipse 3.1; I believe it's bound to Alt-/).

Comments:

Unfortunately :-), I'm mainly an Eclipse user, but I think that the latest version of Eclipse 3.5 supports Hippie Completion (anymore?). The keybinding (Alt-/) does not work for me, and I can't find it in de shortcuts list either.

Posted by Martin Sturm on March 25, 2010 at 10:35 PM PDT #

Great post, I didn't know about the Eclipse tip, will be using it all the time now!

Vim also have the same 'Hippie Completion' bound to CTRL-N.

Posted by Andrew Beacock on March 26, 2010 at 12:27 AM PDT #

Martin: I have eclipse 3.5.1 (build id 20090920-1017) and Alt-/ works there.

The command name is "Word Completion" so you can check in the key bindings preferences for that.

Posted by Tim on March 30, 2010 at 05:38 AM PDT #

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