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The following has been tested against Intellij IDEA 12.0

Steps

Within your locally cloned spring-framework working directory:

  1. Generate IDEA metadata with ./gradlew :spring-oxm:compileTestJava cleanIdea idea
  2. Import into IDEA as usual
  3. Set the Project JDK as appropriate
  4. Add git support
  5. Code away

Known issues

  1. spring-aspects does not compile out of the box due to references to aspect types unknown to IDEA. See http://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/IDEA-64446 for details. In the meantime, the 'spring-aspects' module has been excluded from the overall project to avoid compilation errors.
  2. While all JUnit tests pass from the command line with Gradle, many will fail when run from IDEA. Resolving this is a work in progress. If attempting to run all JUnit tests from within IDEA, you will likely need to set the following VM options to avoid out of memory errors: -XX:MaxPermSize=2048m -Xmx2048m -XX:MaxHeapSize=2048m

Tips

In any case, please do not check in your own generated .iml, .ipr, or .iws files. You'll notice these files are already intentionally in .gitignore. The same policy goes for eclipse metadata.

FAQ

Q. What about IDEA's own Gradle support?

A. Keep an eye on http://youtrack.jetbrains.com/issue/IDEA-53476

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