New Update

JetBrains unleashes IntelliJ IDEA 11.1

Chris Mayer

A welcome update for JetBrains’ IDE which improves on several aspects of IntelliJ IDEA 11, which came out in December 2011.

A new update for JetBrains’s development environment, IntelliJ
IDEA 11.1 has emerged bringing in some big improvements on the
major release in December 2011.

The team acknowledges that this update is purely to polish up
some of the support offered last time round and to act as a
resolution for IntelliJ IDEA 11, with some aspects fully completed
now. Most notably, Subversion (SVN) 1.7 has been added for the
latest GUI support possible.

They’ve also listened to community feedback by improving Gradle
a lot from the initial version, which can only be a good thing.
Aside from general UI and performance tinkering, there’s better
support for Android Lint, ECMAScript 6 (Harmony), Hibernate 4.0 and
improved Flex project setup.

The biggest changes come in the form of a sleek new Git branches
UI, making it miles easier to work with multi-root projects.

For Groovy fans, there’s expanded
syntax highlighting plus the availability of the Groovy Shell in
the IDE.

For the intricacies of what is new,
check out the IntelliJ website. For
what is meant to be a minor release, we’re pleasantly surprised by
this offering from the IntelliJ team. 

IntelliJ IDEA 11.1 is a free upgrade for all
owners of IntelliJ IDEA 11 Ultimate licence. You have two choices
– the Ultimate edition for enterprise development with a
fully-stocked feature list or of course the open source
Community edition for 11.1, which is primarily targeted at Java SE,
Groovy, Android or Scala developers.

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