Another bright IDEA from JetBrains

IntelliJ IDEA 11 released

Chris Mayer

Bumper update for the premier Java IDE, plus Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich compliance

The IntelliJ team always seem to save all their best enhancements right for their annual update and this year is no exception. IntelliJ IDEA 11 isn’t just stocking fillers but the new release really does enhance the development environment tenfold with huge improvements.

The first thing you’ll notice is the glossy new wrapping (I’ll stop with the Christmas comparisons now) with a modernised and streamlined UI. Delving deeper we find support for the Play! FrameworkGroovy 2.0 support with new intention actions and refactorings, Gradle integration, CoffeeScript editor with code assistance, inspections and formatting options and Grails 2.0 support. There’s also further framework support offered to Spring and AspectJ. You can’t say JetBrains don’t have their finger on the pulse!

According to the team, they decided to rework IDEA’s UI to make it more convenient and modern, adding in Favourites, Live templates settings, Keymap Editing UI, Plugin Manager, and so forth. The addition of Groovy functionality will be welcomed massively by the burgeoning community after a long wait.

Aside from improved performance, through faster indexing and IDE startup, IntelliJ IDEA is now ‘a better citizen’ on all of its supported platforms adding Mac OS X Lion full-screen support or drag-n-drop and symbolic links support on Linux.

The updated IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition gets important improvements for Android development, including live preview of Android UI layouts and compatibility with the latest Android 4.0 SDK – Ice Cream Sandwich.

For further information on what’s new in IntelliJ IDEA 11, check out their website where you’ll be able to download either the free Community Edition or Ultimate Edition for fully complaint JVM or polyglot development. Licenses range in from €439 for Commercial use to €47 for an Academic license.

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