Most of our readership and other clojure lovers come from either the Lisp/Scheme/Haskell world or they come from the Java world. For the former Emacs is usually their weapon of choice, being it very focused on the lispy aspects of Clojure. For the ones that come from Java there are three IDEs that are used most often: Eclipse, Netbeans and IntelliJ IDEA. All of them have now Clojure plugins in various states of development (here, here and here respectively)

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IntelliJ is regarded as the best Java development tool for much of the Java developers, and it is good enough to have people pay for it (the other two being free.)

In its current incarnation, this plugin has some major issues, the most annoying one being its badly broken REPL support. But you would still be able to use its fast code navigation, its nice, smart and well executed Java/Clojure code completion and other goodies that IntelliJ IDEA has spoiled us with.

Its development was fast indeed, at least until last May. Then it stopped completely, at least judging for their public SVN repository. No new versions of the plugin have been published since May 20th 2009, and that makes it almost five months now.

Does any one know what’s going on? Is it a dead project? (I surely hope not)

Well, at least the good news is that Enclojure, the plugin for Netbeans seems to be moving along pretty quickly, and their REPL support is outstanding.