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User:BSitzmann (WMF)/IntelliJ Settings

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Here I'd like to document some of my IntelliJ settings I used for developing JavaScript/Node.js, esp. for the RESTBase based Mobile Content Service. I run this on a Mac but it should be easy to translate the settings for other Operating Systems.

To open the settings press Cmd and ,.

Editor / Code Style[edit]

Set Right margin (columns) to 100.


  • Tabs and Indents: uncheck Indent chained methods
  • Wrapping and Braces:
    • Binary expressions: Wrap if long and check Operation sign on next line
    • Assignment statement: Wrap if long and check Assignment sign on next line

Version Control[edit]

  • Check Commit message right margin (columns) and leave the value after that at 72. This will also change the font for the commit message to one in the monospace font-family.
  • I suggest to also check the next checkbox Wrap when typing reaches right margin.

Debug configuration for MCS and other Node services using Service runner[edit]

  • When creating a Run/Debug configuration for starting a Node.js projects based on our Services' team's node template use the Node.js setting and change the entry for JavaScript file from app.js to server.js. Server.js starts Service runner.
  • The other requirement for this to work is that in the active config.yaml file num_workers is set to 0, so that everything runs in the same process. This is usually the default for the config.dev.yaml for projects using the template. One exception is the RESTBase code itself. But you can simply add a line to the beginning of the config.yaml file like:
num_workers: 0