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08 December 2011, 10:38

JetBrains turns IntelliJ IDEA up to 11

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JetBrains, developers of the IntelliJ IDEA polyglot IDE, have announced the release of version 11 of IDEA with enhanced performance, improved version control support, an updated UI, and platform improvements on Mac OS X and Linux. Since October 2009, when the open source version was announced, IntelliJ IDEA has been available in two editions: an open source community edition for Java, Groovy and Scala development, and a commercially supported, more fully featured "Ultimate" edition with support from frameworks like Java EE and Spring, and tools to assist deployment and debugging.

Both versions benefit from many of the enhancements, such as a new editor architecture to reduce IDE-lag and faster indexing. A single event log window now brings together all of the IDE's notifications. VCS support has also been improved with a digest view, git log graphs and support for sharing code through github with built-in gist creation. A new JAR files diff allows the classes and files inside the archives to be compared.

UI improvements
Zoom IDEA's improved UI compared
Source: Jetbrains
User interface improvements include a more modern look for the user interface with refinements to make it more convenient to use. On Mac OS X, IDEA can now use Lion's full screen mode and has been fixed so that is minimises to the Dock correctly, while on Linux, the GTK+ theme has been improved and it is now possible to drag and drop between the IDE and file managers.

In terms of language and platform support, both editions see Groovy 2.0/1.9 support added with extra refactoring and actions. The Gradle build system has also been integrated. Android 4 SDK support and a layout preview extend the IDE's support for Google's open source mobile operating system.

The Ultimate Edition goes further on languages and frameworks, adding Grails 2.0, Velocity 1.7, SQL and Play to the supported list. Spring support has been improved too, with better Spring performance for large models and Spring Integration and Spring Data support added. Web/J2EE developers will find support for the CoffeeScript language and LESS markup, along with updated HTML5 support, an XSLT debugger, JSLint integration and an improved JavaScript debugger.

Both editions of IntelliJ IDEA 11 are available to download. The downloadable Ultimate Edition is a time-limited evaluation version and is available for sale, (£389 for a commercial licence, £155 for individuals). Free of charge licences for Ultimate Edition are available for educational institutions and open source projects. The source code for the Apache 2.0 licensed Community Edition is available from the community site.


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