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Intellij IDEA

Project setup

Running IntelliJ IDEA for the First Time

Code navigation

Some useful navigation shortcuts:

  1. Quickly locate a file by name.
  2. Go to the definition of a method from where it is used.
  3. Go back to the previous location.
  4. View the documentation of a method from where the method is being used, without navigating to the method itself.
  5. Find where a method/field is being used.

IntelliJ IDEA Code Navigation


Productivity shortcuts

Debugging: Basic

This video (from LaunchCode) gives a pretty good explanation of how to use the IntelliJ IDEA debugger.

Refactoring

This video explains how to automate the 'Extract variable' refactoring using IntelliJ IDEA. Most other refactorings available work similarly. i.e. select the code to refactorfind the refactoring in the context menu or use the keyboard shortcut.

Here's another video explaining how to do some more useful refactorings in Intellij IDEA.