When comparing dbForge Studio for MySQL vs Intellij IDEA, the Slant community recommends Intellij IDEA for most people. In the question“What are the best database clients?” Intellij IDEA is ranked 1st while dbForge Studio for MySQL is ranked 3rd. The most important reason people chose Intellij IDEA is:
Uses a fast indexing technique to provide contextual hints (auto-completion, available object members, import suggestions). On-the-fly code analysis to detect errors and propose refactorization.
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Pro GUI database designer
Has a GUI database designer and query builder for MySQL. Has support for design, editing, and viewing foreign key relations.
Pro Built-in SQL syntax support
Has a built-in SQL syntax checker and highlighter. It also has support for MySQL-only syntax in the form of code completion and syntax highlighting.
Pro MySQL prompt
Сode completion, code snippets, SQL code formatter, сode profiles, сode profiles.
Pro Built-in schema and data comparison and synchronization
Supports comparing schema data and synchronization between them.
Pro Query profiler
Supports visual query profiling and can compare profiling results between different queries.
Pro Supports multiple relational database systems
Supports MySQL server, MariaDB server, Percona and Amazon RDS.
Pro Powerful built-in debugger
Has step-by-step code execution, breakpoints, watches, a call stack and a variables evaluation mechanism.
Pro Can manage user privileges
Pro Can schedule regular database backups
Pro Can help developers detect problems and optimize SQL queries via the GUI
Pro Can generate a refractoring script for a database without changing the data stored within
Pro Supports Sphinx search engine
Pro Copy Database
Pro Data Generator (in the Enterprise edition)
Pro Database Documenter (in the Enterprise edition)
Pro Support for MariaDB 10.3
Pro Support for MySQL 8.0
Pro Comfortable IDE and user interface
Pro Fast and smart contextual assistance
Uses a fast indexing technique to provide contextual hints (auto-completion, available object members, import suggestions).
On-the-fly code analysis to detect errors and propose refactorization.
Pro Free version available
There is a free community edition (open source) and an ultimate edition, which you can compare here.
The ultimate edition is available for free for one year for students but must be registered through an .edu e-mail account.
Pro Intuitive and slick UI
IDEA has a clean, intuitive interface with some customization available (such as the Darcula theme).
Pro Stable and robust
IntelliJ IDEA hardly ever crashes or has any issues that plague other Java IDEs like file corruption or slowness.
Pro Support for many languages
IntelliJ supports many languages besides Java, some of these are: golang, Scala, Clojure, Groovy, Bash, etc...
Pro Smart refactorings
IDEA places an emphasis in safe refactoring, offering a variety of features to make this possible for a variety of languages.
These features include safe delete, type migration and replacing method code duplicates.
Pro Lots of plugins
Many plugins are available for almost any task a developer may need to cover. Plugins are developed by Jetbrains themselves or by 3rd parties through the SDK available for writing them.
Pro Android support, JavaEE support, etc
A very complete development environment support.
Pro Clear and detailed documentation
The documentation is exhaustive, easy to navigate, and clearly worded.
Pro Very powerful debugger
With ability to step into a certain part of a large method invocation (Shift+F7), drop frame, executing code snippets, showing method return values, etc.
Pro Many convenient features
These simplify the daily work, e.g. copy/cut a whole line without the need to select it.
Con Limited feature on express (Free)
No backup option (Limited to a few MBs in express version).
Con No SSL and SSH in Express Version
Con Bugs are not solved as often as they should
They are more interested in adding new features or issuing new versions than solving bugs.
Con Somewhat expensive
IntelliJ IDEA is fairly expensive, with a pricetag of $149/year.
However there is a free community edition available.
Con Built with closed source components
The version with full features is not opensource. Parts of the code are under apache licence though.
Con Lack of plugins
IntelliJ supports a very small amount of plugins. Althrough thesse are 'quality approved', many features are missing and can't be implemented because of that.
Con Standard hotkeys behave differently
Seems like hotkeys assignment in Idea has no logical consistency.
Like «F3» is usually next match, «Ctrl+W» - close tab, etc — they map to some different action by default.
There is a good effort in making the IDE friendly for immigrants from other products: there are options to use hotkeys from Eclipse, and even emacs. But these mappings are very incomplete. And help pages do not take this remapping into account, rather mentioning the standard hotkeys.
So, people coming from other IDEs/editors are doomed to using mouse and context menus (which are rather big and complex).