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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