IntelliJ IDEA 12 Reveals the Darker Side of Productive Coding
JetBrains rolls out its annual IntelliJ IDEA update with a significantly faster compiler, support for Java 8, UI designer for Android development and a new stylish dark look-and-feel
December 5, 2012
Prague, Czech Republic, December 5, 2012 — JetBrains, the creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing tools for software developers, have announced the public availability of IntelliJ IDEA 12, a regular yearly update of their award-winning Java IDE for web, enterprise and mobile development.
The latest release features a brand new, much faster compiler for enhanced user experience. “We have rebuilt the compiler from the ground up and moved it to a separate process,” said Maxim Mossienko, IntelliJ IDEA project lead. “Now your project can be compiled automatically in the background on every change you make, so you can run it almost instantly any time.”
As usual, IntelliJ IDEA stays on top of cutting-edge technologies to provide developers with timely support. It embraces the latest versions of Java, including its previews and new features that every developer is eager to try. With IntelliJ IDEA 12, JDK 8 can already be enjoyed with code assistance for new syntax such as lambda expressions, method references, and default methods.
Among other technologies, IntelliJ IDEA expands its support for Android—the fastest growing mobile platform today—with a well-crafted, smart Android UI designer implemented in the best traditions of JetBrains. Its wide range of unique, dedicated refactorings, code assistance and analysis features make IntelliJ IDEA a top-choice IDE for mobile development, also available for free through the Community Edition.
And now to the ‘darker side’: IntelliJ IDEA 12 comes with a redesigned user interface, along with the new stylish dark look and feel Darcula. “Our goal was to make the interface clearer and more functional. This dark theme minimizes distraction so you can focus more on the code and less on the IDE,” explained Konstantin Bulenkov, senior IntelliJ IDEA developer and author of Darcula.
Other major features introduced in IntelliJ IDEA 12 include:
- Significantly improved support for Spring frameworks, including Integration, Web Flow, MVC, Security, Batch, and more
- Support for Play 2.0 for Scala and Java
- Enhanced management tools for J2EE application servers, with support for Cloud Foundry and CloudBees platforms
- Powerful tools for database management
- Support for Drools Expert with advanced code assistance
To learn more about what’s new in JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA 12 and to download the edition of your choice, please visit the official IntelliJ IDEA website at https://www.jetbrains.com/idea.
For information on the new pricing and licensing options for IntelliJ IDEA, please visit https://www.jetbrains.com/idea/buy.
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 IntelliJ® IDEA (see details at https://www.jetbrains.com/idea), TeamCity — a continuous integration and build management environment (https://www.jetbrains.com/teamcity), and ReSharper — a productivity tool for .NET developers (see https://www.jetbrains.com/resharper), among others. JetBrains maintains its headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, with its R&D labs located in St. Petersburg, Russia; Munich, Germany; and Boston, MA, USA. For more information see https://www.jetbrains.com.
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