How to download and install an IDE?
First, you will need to download and install IntelliJ IDEA Edu from the official JetBrains website. This edition already includes the EduTools Plugin. You will use IntelliJ IDEA to write your code, check your solutions, and synchronize them with our website. You need the EduTools plugin enabled to open our problems and projects inside an IDE.
We strongly recommend always using the latest versions of IntelliJ IDEA and the EduTools plugin (IntelliJ IDEA and the EduTools plugin will check for updates automatically every time they run, but you can check and configure updates manually at Help > Check for Updates > Configure).
Few notes for our more experienced users:
- If you already have IntelliJ IDEA installed on your computer (either Ultimate or Community Edition), you need to install the EduTools plugin.
- To install the EduTools plugin, go to File > Settings > Plugins > Marketplace and search for EduTools (for Windows and Linux) or IntelliJ IDEA > Preferences > Plugins > Marketplace and search for EduTools (for macOS).
- It is required to use Java 11 to solve our project. We currently do not support Java 13.
If you have any issues or questions regarding the installation process, please refer to this official guide.
How to start working with IDE?
To start working, you need to open your IntelliJ IDEA, login to your JetBrains Academy account, and choose one of our projects from the Java Developer or the Kotlin Developer track.
On the Project Stage (or the problem) page, choose an IDE tab and click Solve in IDE. Make sure that IDE and plugin are correctly installed and working.
After that, you will see a popup window with a description of your chosen project. Click Continue to start loading your project in IDE.
Pay attention to the processes running notification in the bottom right corner of your screen. Allow IDE to download all necessary files before working on your project.
The window on the left shows you the directories and file structure of your project. The window in the middle is a place for you to write your code. The window on the right contains the project (or problem) description and examples.
Once you've finished writing your code, click Check to verify your solution. Once the correct answer has been submitted, you can click JetBrains Academy to return to your Study plan or click Next to open the next stage of your project.