JetBrains Announces Winning Authors of “IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin” Contest

Best IntelliJ IDEA plugins announced; contest winners carry off thousands in cash and software prizes

December 11, 2006

Prague, Czech Republic, December 11, 2006 — JetBrains s.r.o., creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing applications, today announced the winners of it’s first ever IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin development contest. Launched September 1, 2006, developers participating in the contest created extension plugins for the company’s flagship Java IDE (Integrated Development Environment) IntelliJ IDEA for the opportunity to win cash and software prizes valued at over $25,000 (US). Over 60 valid entries were submitted for judging by JetBrains senior engineers and managers.

“We are very pleased with the response to our first-ever plugin contest,” said JetBrains CEO Sergey Dmitriev. “It not only helped the Java development community benefit from the new and enhanced functionality, but showed all the power and opportunities that IntelliJ IDEA’s Open API can provide.”

All contest entries, regardless of whether or not they won a prize, have joined the ranks of hundreds of popular IntelliJ IDEA extensions available in the IntelliJ IDEA Plugin Repository at All entries are free software published under Apache or BSD open source licenses.

Of the more than sixty entries, five plugins were awarded the following cash prizes:

PrizePlugin AwardedPrize Description
First PrizeDBHelper – A productivity tool to help developers work with databases inside IntelliJ IDEA.$5000 cash
Second Prize 1IntelliLang — provides annotation based language injection and pattern validation, and more.$2000 cash
Second Prize 2IntelliME J2ME Plugin — facilitates development of mobile applications with IntelliJ IDEA$2000 cash
Team Leader’s ChoiceIntelliLang — this second prize winner was also the favorite of IntelliJ IDEA development team leader Maxim Shafirov.$1000 cash
Coolest IdeaKey Promoter — shows users how to easily perform any action via the keyboard$1000 cash

In addition to cash awards, the authors of the prize-winning plugins receive packages of free software from JetBrains and other sponsoring vendors which vary according to the prize awarded.

Three Honorable Mention plugins were also awarded software prizes:

  • Maven 2 Integration — integrates Maven 2 into IntelliJ IDEA
  • Tasks — enables developers to create and manage a daily task list
  • Jar Tool — a GUI based tool to easily create JAR archives

Third-party companies who contributed software prizes include:

All contestants who submitted valid entries by the October 31, 2006 deadline receive a custom-designed commemorative contest t-shirt. Details about the winning plugins and the names and home countries of the authors are available on the JetBrains contest site at

About JetBrains

JetBrains is a technology-leading software development firm specializing in the creation of intelligent, productivity-enhancing software. The company is widely known for its innovative, award-winning Java integrated development environment, IntelliJTM IDEA (see details on the Web at, ReSharper and dotTrace Profiler for C# developers (see and, and TeamCity collaboration environment for development teams ( JetBrains maintains its headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, with its R&D labs located in St. Petersburg, Russia and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, see

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