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Liferay in Action: The Official Guide to Liferay Portal Development by Richard Sezov, Jr.

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Appendix A. Liferay and IDEs

Although there are developers today who prefer nothing more than a command-line interface to a build tool such as Ant coupled with a good text editor, they aren’t me, even though I hope someday to aspire to such guru-ship. It can be argued that most developers use an integrated development environment (IDE) to produce code. IDEs offer several benefits over a command-line interface and text editor:

  • Code lookup and completion
  • Project and file browsing
  • Refactoring support
  • Integrated debugging
  • Integrated interface to source code management (SCM) software, complete with diff tools
  • Quick, built-in interface to Javadoc and inline documentation
  • Depending on the IDE, more—sometimes much more

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