When comparing Gingko vs IntelliJ IDEA, the Slant community recommends Gingko for most people. In the question“What are the best Markdown editors for OS X?” Gingko is ranked 27th while IntelliJ IDEA is ranked 28th.
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Pro You can customize colors
Pro Allows focusing on one piece of information at a time
Since Gingko documents are "trees", they are always organized on the go. And since everything is written in cards, it is possible to focus on one chunk of content at a time.
Pro Easy to overview
Despite the complexity of the tree structure, it's always clear where you are, and how to quickly add your thoughts.
Pro Markdown support
All formatting is done via Markdown.
Non-linear notetaking allows you more flexibility, freedom and creativity.
Pro Great Java Support
Pro Markdown support with preview
Pro Great TypeScript support
Really good support for importing classes, libraries, etc. into a typescript class. Making it easy to do TDD.
Pro Angular CLI support
Pro Supports PHP quite well
Pro A good editor for test-driven development
Pro Good BASH script support
Consumes more resources than VSCode etc. But depending on your use-case, it can still be worth it for the benefits you get with this editor.
Con Autocomplete does not work while IntelliJ is indexing
But this, in general, is not much of an issue. Usually after npm install, etc.
Con Is not free
But it does have a free version (Community Edition).