Scala Plugin 1.2 is Available

Winter is coming, and we brace ourselves with the new features for Scala developers, so check out the new Scala Plugin 1.2 for IntelliJ IDEA 14 (if you haven’t done so yet.)

One of the notable improvements it brings is the Ahead-of-time Code Completion, a brand new type of code completion that suggests variable and parameter names along with their types based on the classes available in a context:

More details on how this works can be found in the corresponding EAP announcement.

Another important thing is that you can now switch between EAP (Early Access Program) and Release update channels via an option in the Settings → Languages & Frameworks →  Scala → Misc:

For the complete list of changes see Release Notes.

We hope you’ll enjoy the new features, and as always are waiting for your feedback in the discussion forum and the issue tracker.

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Scala Plugin 1.2 RC Introduces Ahead-of-time Code Completion

With the just published Scala Plugin 1.2 RC build, we’re happy to pioneer a new kind of coding assistance, which we like to call “ahead of time” (AOT) code completion.

Have you ever noticed that unlike Java, in Scala we have to spend more time actually typing all the parameter and variable names? In Java we can always do this:

  1. automatically complete a type reference,
  2. then automatically complete a corresponding parameter or variable name.

Which is very quick and really convenient. Unfortunately, this won’t do in Scala directly because of these reasons:

  • order of variable type and name is reversed and,
  • type annotation is optional and therefore may never exist.

So everyone programming Scala was completely denied all of this completion coolness… until now. We’ve changed the rules: now it’s possible to automatically complete both the name and the type before actually adding a type reference (and that is why we call it “ahead of time” completion):

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Basically, for class and method parameters you can imagine that autocomplete is invoked one step further, on the type reference, with a search string capitalized, so that:

  • you can start autocomplete either via “auto-popup”, or manually, by pressing Ctrl + Space,
  • you may press Ctrl + Space one more time, to broaden the scope of search,
  • it’s possible to start a search from the middle of type name (“element” for “element: PsiElement”),
  • it’s possible to use CamelHumps (“mEve” for “mouseEvent: MouseEvent”),
  • the type reference is automatically imported, if needed.

As for values and variables, we’ve modified the described algorithm so that no type annotation is inserted (only the name part is completed), and the search scope is reduced to explicitly imported classes:

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This algorithm is still work in progress, so the current restrictions may be loosened after we get more intel from people who are actually using it.

The current implementation is available in Scala Plugin 1.2 RC. You may toggle the AOT completion via Settings / Scala / Core page.

So, now we can develop with even more pleasure, and we hope that other languages (yo Kotlin!) and IDEs will follow. Your suggestions are welcome!

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Interview with Shadaj Laddad: Programming Changes the Way You Think

Scala Days is not only a major event for the Scala community, but also a great place to meet amazing people and get inspiration. If you’ve been to Scala Days in Berlin this year, you might have seen a great talk “Serious Fun with Scala“ by a 14 years old Shadaj Laddad, Scala enthusiast and wunderkind. We couldn’t miss the chance to catch Shadaj and ask him a few questions for our blog about Scala, learning programming, game development, math and science.

At OSCON 2014 you gave a splendid opening keynote “The Wonders of Programming”. At your age this talk has not only made you famous as one of the youngest programmers, but also made you the youngest enthusiast who encourages other people to program. How did it happen that you got interested in programming?

I started getting into programming when I was around 6 years old. My dad got me the (just released at the time) Lego Mindstorms NXT kit, a robotics platform that uses Lego parts but also has motors and sensors that can be programmed with a simple graphical language. I started out following the directions that came with the kit, but in the process I learned how I can make my own creations. Next, my dad got me Learn to Program by Chris Pine. This book teaches Ruby, but assumes that the reader has no previous knowledge of programming. The book showed many interesting applications of programming concepts such as how a simulation game could use a two-dimensional array to store building locations. I continued to learn new programming languages such as Python through another book, Hello World. Somewhere along the line, I started to learn Scala. As I learned about different ways programming can be used for all sorts of applications my interest in programming grew. This still continues today when I see a tweet or a GitHub project showing some interesting technique.

You’ve programed in Logo, NXT Mindstorms, Ruby, Python, C and Java, but Scala is your favorite. Can you tell us why do you prefer Scala? What makes it special? Is there anything you liked in other programming languages?

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Scala Plugin 1.1.362 EAP is Out

Good news for everyone who’s already tried IntelliJ IDEA 14 with updated Scala plugin. Today we’ve released its upcoming 1.1 EAP build.

One of the notable changes is the simplified configuration of the Scala plugin update channel via Settings → Languages & Frameworks →  Scala → Misc:

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Before you can start using these new update channel settings you’ll need to install the 1.1.362 EAP build from Scala plugin EAP page or by specifying the new EAP repository URL in Settings → Plugins → Browse repositories → Manage repositories.

For the complete list of changes see Release Notes.

As always, you’re welcome to share your feedback in our discussion forum and issue tracker.

Develop with Pleasure!

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Scala Plugin Update for IntelliJ IDEA 14 RC is Out

Following IntelliJ IDEA 14 RC that has been released a couple of days ago, we’re publishing a Scala plugin update for it. In this post you will find what’s new in this build:

Scala plugin project migrates to SBT

First of all, Scala plugin project itself now uses SBT for build and dependency management. This is good in a number of ways, one of which is that the SBT task that comes with the project will let you download a correct version of IntelliJ IDEA as a dependency.

Rethinking the project configuration model

Another change is that we’ve finally decided to get rid of the Scala facet and replace it with so called Scala SDK library that, in addition to the standard Scala libraries, has a classpath to Scala compiler:

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This change unfortunately is not backward-compatible, and that means you’ll have to convert the your projects to use them with IntelliJ IDEA 14, but don’t worry, it will do it automatically.

Anonymous functions evaluation

And last, but not least, the updated Evaluate expression and Watches now let you evaluate anonymous functions:

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This feature still has several limitations and not everything may work as expected (e.g. it doesn’t allow you to access private members unused in other anonymous functions/classes) but we hope to fix it soon.

That’s it for now. For the complete list of changes, please refer to the Release Notes.

The IntelliJ IDEA 14 release is around a corner, it’s your last chance to submit your feedback, use our discussion forum or report bugs directly to the issue tracker.

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Scala plugin EAP 1.0.182.5 for IntelliJ IDEA 14 EAP is Out

New IntelliJ IDEA 14 EAP is already available, and we just released the new Scala plugin for it. You can get the latest update via Settings → Plugins.

Here’s a brief overview of what’s new in this version:

  • Parameter info for infix method calls
  • Java to Scala converter fixes
  • Error highlighting fixes
  • Type variable in patterns support
  • Performance improvements for big “for expressions”
  • New inspection: explicit type for implicit functions
  • New inspection: detect useless expressions
  • Change signature for constructors

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For the complete list of changes, refer to the Release Notes.

As always, you’re welcome to share your feedback in our discussion forum or issue tracker.

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Scala and Play 2.0 Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA 14 EAP is Out

We’re excited to tell you that we’ve just started the Scala plugin EAP for IntelliJ IDEA 14, so if you’re running an IntelliJ IDEA 14 EAP build, you can install the new Scala plugin via SettingsPlugins.

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Here’s what the new Scala plugin brings you.

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Scala and Play Plugins Update 0.41.2 is Out

Some of you might have noticed some regressions in the two recent updates (0.41 and 0.41.1). We apologize for this inconvenience and offer you this quick 0.41.2 update that fixes the problems.

We’d also like to announce that starting today we’re not adding any more new features to the Scala and Play plugins for IntelliJ IDEA 13 because we’re moving to the development of these plugins for IntelliJ IDEA 14 and are going to open their EAP soon. Stay tuned to our blog for more news.

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Scala and Play 2 Plugins Update 0.41 is Out

Good news, everyone! New versions of the Scala and Play 2 plugins have just arrived, packed with long-awaited new features and improvements.

Major new features of the update are:

  • Scalastyle support
  • Show implicit parameters improvements
  • Better Spray support
  • Unicode arrows support
  • Unwrap/Remove action
  • Procedure syntax support
  • Error highlighting now checks variance position in your code
  • Improved code completion in SBT files
  • Quick-fixes that create classes, objects and traits from usages

For more details on these features check out the blog posts we published recently: about 0.41 EAP and 0.41 RC1.

Spread the word, and don’t forget to share your feedback with us through our discussion forum and issue tracker.

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Scala and Play 2 Plugins 0.41 RC1 is Out

To start using EAP builds just add a corresponding repository URL via Settings → Plugins → Browse repositories… → Manage repositories (just like with the nightly builds.) After that your IDE will automatically inform you about updates and install them for you. And, of course, you can always get the latest updates from Scala and Play 2 plugins EAP page and install them manually.

Here’s what’s new in the upcoming EAP (0.41):

  • Error highlighting now checks variance position in your code
  • Improved basic completion in SBT files:
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  • Create class, object or trait from usages.

For the full list of changes see Release Notes.

As always, you’re welcome to share your feedback in our discussion forum, or issue tracker.

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