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Intellij Idea vs. Workspace

So I have some knowledge of java before coming here to team treehouse but I have decided to start from the beginning of the track here. So before coming here, I used IntelliJ but in the course, I have to use the workspace and I was wondering if using IntelliJ for the course would do any harm because in the workspace I have to run everything with a console object which is unusual and isn't necessary when actually programming in java,

1 Answer

Eric M
Eric M
11,545 Points

Hi Ibrahim,

Go ahead and use IntelliJ if you like it, it's a great IDE!

It sounds like you know enough to be able to sort out any discrepancies that might come up, not that there should be anything serious.

I personally do everything in my local IDE and just paste code into the challenges to pass them. A local IDE will be faster and you have access to full stack traces and error messages (which is not always the case in challenges). The Workspaces are there so people can get straight into learning to code without having to worry about setting up an IDE, installing the JDK (or whatever for their language), etc. If you've already done all that, enjoy the power and customizability of your IDE :)

I am glad the workspaces are there though - I did my first Treehouse unit on my smartphone!



Thank you very much. I really apreaciate your advice.