When comparing IntelliJ IDEA vs Sequel Pro, the Slant community recommends Sequel Pro for most people. In the question“What are the best power user tools for macOS?” Sequel Pro is ranked 16th while IntelliJ IDEA is ranked 37th. The most important reason people chose Sequel Pro is:
Clean, easy to use, highly polished interface.
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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 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 Android support, JavaEE support, etc
A very complete development environment support.
Pro Stable and robust
IntelliJ IDEA hardly ever crashes or has any issues that plague other Java IDEs like file corruption or slowness.
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 Support for many languages
IntelliJ supports many languages besides Java, some of these are: golang, Scala, Clojure, Groovy, Bash, etc.
Pro Intuitive and slick UI
IDEA has a clean, intuitive interface with some customization available (such as the Darcula theme).
Pro Clear and detailed documentation
The documentation is exhaustive, easy to navigate, and clearly worded.
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 Many convenient features
These simplify the daily work, e.g. copy/cut a whole line without the need to select it.
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 Gradle support
Pro Buit-in Git support
Pro Great UI
Clean, easy to use, highly polished interface.
Pro Free and open source
Licensed under MIT.
Pro Native OS X from the start
Unlike other solutions, Sequel Pro was built specifically for OS X and for MySQL from the beginning and as such the design takes better advantage of OS X features and is optimized for MySQL.
Pro Multiple import/export options
Sequel Pro can export to SQL, CSV and XML files and import SQL and CSV files.
Pro Multiple connection methods
Sequel Pro can choose between standard and SSH connection methods.
Pro Command line access
Sequel Pro can also access and manage everything from the command line.
Pro Highly flexible filters
Sequel Pro has highly flexible and customizable filters.
Pro Excellent user management
Has easy user privilege management.
Con Slow startup
Startup can be slow deepending on system configuration
Con Uses a lot of RAM
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).
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 Cannot open multiple projects in the same window
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. Although these are 'quality approved', many features are missing and can't be implemented because of that.
Con No multiple query tabs
Sequel Pro does not support multiple query tabs in its editor. This is incredibly frustrating for a power user.
Con Crashes constantly
Crashes when working with mysql 8.0.12 for macos 10.13. Unable to do anything.
Con Not maintained
The app crashes when you close a tab.
Con No visual query editor
Con OS X only, no Linux or Windows versions
Power users have to manage in many different environments. A consistent admin interface is hugely beneficial.