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I am trying to move from Eclipse to IntelliJ Idea. I am trying out various dev plugins cases for IntelliJ Idea - android, clojure, scala, python, javascript, java, gwt, dart, jboss, spring etc. The start time increases as more plugins are installed (as mentioned by IntelliJ Idea wiki). I am keen to learn different aspects of programming.

I am trying to find out how developers use IntelliJ Idea when working with multiple language environment.

1) Do they have different IntelliJ Idea installations to work with different language environments i.e the above scenario have 5-6 different IntelliJ installations with only appropriate plugins installed only.

2) Does IntelliJ Idea provide a mechanism to turn off different plugins within a single installation?

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You must have already noticed that it is easy to turn plugins on and off in the same ui to install them? I dont think the startup times are a key issue for an IDE that does everything. When your coding its not slow which is more important imho. When I want a fast startup I load up sublime text etc. I havent tried installing multiple setups on the same system, I dont think there is any gui way to do it. –  imp Mar 11 '13 at 6:33
    
Yes. But when i am spiking with multiple projects side-by-side example "gwt only" , "dart only" and "gwt + dart", it is not feasible to turn off plugins for ide. I would like to know if there is option to turn off plugins per workspace or option 1 is the only way... –  SSR Mar 11 '13 at 8:16
    
How bad is your startup time is it really that bad? Have you tried disabling plugins to see the difference in speed, maybe you have a problem plugin? I doubt this feature exists, you could make a feature request youtrack.jetbrains.com/issues/IDEA –  imp Mar 11 '13 at 11:47
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I suggest Intellij Idea isn't designed to be low memory or for use low capacity hardware so its kind of an unfair expectation. I think it needs an SSD hd to see it fly. Thats why I use Sublime Text or Flash Develop side by side Intellij Idea when I want a lightweight editor. Its probably another reason why people use things like VIM for example. –  imp Mar 13 '13 at 5:35
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You have two choices. Have your IDE always start with no plugins then enable them for your profile and restart OR create different profiles specifying different plugins and associate each profile with a different launcher (desktop icon say). For the second one, you'd have to ask JB how to do it since it might involve copying over profile directories and having what amounts to multiple installs of Intellij. AFAIK this is not a built-in feature of Intellij.

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