All falling into place

IntelliJ IDEA finalizes tunings for Oracle's big release

Java 8 and IntelliJ IDEA are already a winning combo - and with support for Java 8 in the second release candidate of version 13.1 as good as finished, things are looking good for users of the JetBrains Java IDE who want to plunge into Java 8 post-haste.

In a JetBrains blog update published on March 14th,  Andrey Cheptsov wrote that “IntelliJ IDEA 13.1 RC2 is available for download, shipping final improvements for Java 8 support just a few days ahead of its official release.”

He added that, in addition to overarching support enhancements, IntelliJ IDEA 13.1 comes with “a new inspection helping you migrate your code to the new Stream APIs,” shown in the image below. 

As well as the support for new Java 8 language features, IntelliJ IDEA 13.1 RC2 also comes booted with a built-in debugger for the Nashorn project - a new JavaScript runtime based on the JVM.  

With this addition, coders can now  add breakpoints to their Nashorn scripts and go through them when debugging  Java applications.

JetBrains joins a bustling crowd of companies adding support for the big new J-update. NetBeans has also added in support for JDK 8 features like  lambda expressions, repeatable annotations and compact profiles.

Eclipse is due to launch its new set of tools for Java 8 in boombastic fashion at EclipseCon in San Francisco later today, where the Eclipse Foundation and Oracle are hosting a Java 8 Day.

It’s certainly synced up well - though as one engineer pointed out, with Oracle’s repeated deadline dodging, it’s not like Eclipse hasn’t had plenty of time to get its features ready.

If you’re one of the many developers operating way ahead of Eastern Pacific Time, why not kill the hours before Java 8 is delivered by having a play on the latest iteration of IntelliJ IDEA? You can download the release candidate here.

JAX Editorial Team

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