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IntelliJ IDEA finalizes tunings for Oracle’s big release

JAX Editorial Team
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JetBrains ships out IntelliJ IDEA 13.1 Release Candidate 2 with final improvements for Java 8 support.

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.

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