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JetBrains Toolbox 2016.1 release is complete

We usually say a release is ‘available’ but ‘complete’ seems more appropriate for 2016.1. It took a whole month and many teams working together to publish all of the 2016.1 updates inside of JetBrains Toolbox. Here’s a short recap of the major changes and our plans for the future.JetBrains Toolbox logo
As you know, JetBrains Toolbox consists of two main groups of products:

  1. Tools for .NET developers and those using MS Visual Studio
  2. IDEs based on IntelliJ Platform

IDEs 2016.1

In addition to unique new features for the main technology of each IDE, all eight products include many new features based on the improvements in IntelliJ Platform. Here are some:

  • By-word changes highlighting in the diff view.
  • Improvements and new features for Git version control, for example new actions for Git branches: Checkout with Rebase and Rename.
  • Support for right-to-left languages (Arabic and Hebrew) in the editor.
  • Speed search also available in the Terminal tool window.

Some important changes happened in support for JavaScript development:

  • New refactorings for ECMAScript and TypeScript: Create method, Extract method, Inline method, and Introduce field.
  • New intention actions for ECMAScript and TypeScript: Make class abstract, Make public/private, and Remove modifier.
  • Improved support for Angular2 JS.
  • New features in JS debugger for Chrome.
  • Support for JSON Schema makes coding assistance possible for various types of JSON files.

Read more about these new features on WebStorm’s what’s new page and try them in your favorite IDE.

Database tools are also an important part of several IDEs. Worth mentioning in 2016.1 are: support for table truncation, table and column comments, PostgreSQL 9.5 support, and support for сustom types in SQL Server (alias types and table types). Read more about these features and more at What’s new in DataGrip, our IDE for database developers.

Beyond WebStorm and DataGrip, each individual IDE of course adds some welcomed and useful new features such as:

  • Python 2 and Python 3 compatible type hinting in PyCharm
  • Support for group use statements and a new Make Static refactoring in PhpStorm
  • Improvements in Swift code parser and editor in AppCode
  • Support for the latest Rails 5 and Ruby 2.3 in RubyMine
  • Support for variadic templates in C++ and attach to local process in debugger in CLion
  • Further improved coding assistance for Java 8, Kotlin and Scala in IntelliJ IDEA.

.NET & Visual Studio Tools (aka ReSharper Ultimate) 2016.1

The latest ReSharper Ultimate update includes many changes in all its products.

Major highlights of ReSharper 2016.1 include:

  • A variety of new context actions to check method input parameters, manipulate strings, convert strings to objects, comment and uncomment code selections, and many more.
  • Initial support for Node.js, including completion, code inspections, quick-fixes, and navigation features.
  • Much better understanding of VB.NET 14: support for string interpolation, multi-line strings, null-conditional operators, partial modules and interfaces, year-first date literals, and XML documentation comments.
  • Out-of-the-box support: no separate extension is required anymore.
  • Support for JSON files and schemas.
  • JavaScript and TypeScript support enhancements include a reworked Rename refactoring, granular formatter settings, and full support for TypeScript 1.8. In addition, ReSharper starts to properly handle some bits of TypeScript 2.0: readonly properties, implicit indexers, private and protected constructors, abstract properties, and nullable types.
  • New ‘Invert Boolean Member’ refactoring.
  • Find Code Issues now works in the background so you can keep editing or navigating your code while ReSharper runs its analysis.

Check the What’s New page for more details on these and many other changes in ReSharper 2016.1.

ReSharper C++ 2016.1 comes with the following set of improvements:

  • To-do Explorer added to let you view, group and filter comments that contain one of the 3 default to-do patterns (Bug, Todo and Not Implemented) and any custom patterns that you might want to set up.
  • New context actions and quick-fixes to change variable type, function return type, type of unmatched out of class definition or declaration, etc.
  • The list of supported C++ language features is extended with generalized lambda captures, exception specifications, user defined literals and delegating constructors.
  • Rename refactoring can now automatically rename corresponding files (both source and header) along with code symbols, and to update usages in include directives.
  • Support for the Boost.Test framework (only Boost version 1.60 is supported at this point).
  • Code generation improvements: Generate stream operations can now generate stubs for Boost.Serialization functions. In addition, formatting options are now taken into account when generating code.

Read more about what the ReSharper C++ 2016.1 update brings.

Other tools within the ReSharper Ultimate family have received their share of improvements as well:

  • dotCover 2016.1: Test execution in Continuous Testing for MSTest and xUnit test becomes faster with dotCover 2016.1 thanks to pre-loading test runners, and coverage filters are now supported in Continuous Testing.
  • dotPeek 2016.1 has learned to show extension methods as instance methods and automatically highlights usages of the symbol under the caret.
  • dotMemory 2016.1 adds browser-style Back and Forward buttons to navigate through profiling results.
  • dotTrace 2016.1 adds its Threads diagram into Visual Studio.

Features are surely an important part of every release, but it makes sense to note that in 2016.1 we’ve also fixed in total around 1000 issues, most of which had been reported by the community.

Whew, that does it, and 2016.1 is all out. Quite a lot of products to update, especially if you use more than one. Our teams are already working on further updates, including 2016.2 that’s due out later this year. And in addition to all the products, we’ve got something in the woodwork that should make it easier to update your JetBrains tools and a few other things…

Toolbox app
Stay tuned for news soon!

BTW, how do you like the new JetBrains Toolbox logo? Let us know.

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10 Responses to JetBrains Toolbox 2016.1 release is complete

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    Hafferssas Oussama says:

    April 28, 2016

    These are actually very good news, because sometimes developers need a verity of tools for a specific project. But with this “Complete” release, JetBrains Toolbox is offering a swiss-knife of tools for developers which is extremely useful to accelerate the development and to avoid the pain of trying to learn the behavior of deferent tools from deferent manufactures.
    PS : nice logo.

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      Eugene Toporov says:

      April 28, 2016

      Thank you Hafferssas! Appreciate the feedback. This is exactly the reason we started offering the ‘All Products’ pack with the introduction of JetBrains Toolbox.

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    Eli Bradley says:

    April 28, 2016

    Wow. Are their plans to open source the JetBrains Toolbox app? Also, are we going to be able to connect source-built IDEs to the app? I can’t wait for its release!

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      Konstantin Bulenkov says:

      April 29, 2016

      We have it in plans, but not for the 1.0 I think adding Android Studio will be a very popular feature request.

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        Eli Bradley says:

        April 29, 2016

        Sorry, I think you missed a period, so I couldn’t understand what you meant! Are you saying the JetBrains Toolbox app won’t use the JetBrains Toolbox versioning scheme? Also, I thought Android Studio was an independent project by Google, and not even part of the JetBrains Toolbox.

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          Konstantin Bulenkov says:

          May 3, 2016

          Sorry, Eli, Looks like I understood the question wrong. Answering your question: Yes, Toolbox app will use the JetBrains Toolbox versioning scheme. As soon as the new version of IntelliJ IDEA, WebStorm, etc is available it’s available in Toolbox app as well. We’re going to share details soon this month.

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    Martin Vahi says:

    May 3, 2016

    What is considered to be the “best” IDE on planet Earth is, of course, a matter of taste. It just so happens that currently I think that it’s JetBrains line of IDE-s, but for the very same reason I just could not keep back my curiosity and I ask here: are You going to maintain the Java Virtual Machine implementation to keep your IDE working?

    The Oracle seems to do everything to make sure that the Java is the new COBOL. According to wikipedia article titled “Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc.” a new court hearing is about to take place in May 2016 (this month) and Oracle is trying to get billions of dollars from Google for “damages”. I do not see, how it would be any better with the Microsoft C#, a direct Java competitor, which actually runs on Linux pretty well thanks to the Mono project. The very same scheme that took down Java, can take down the C#:

    1) Microsoft starts to go to bankrupt.

    2) Microsoft’s software patents are sold to patent trolls for billions of dollars.

    3) Patent trolls extort more than what they paid from any C# users that their legal team is capable of handling, provided that the victims are chosen by optimizing the total amount of money extorted, not the total amount of extortion victims.

    It would be really interesting to know, what’s Your strategy? How are the risks mitigated.
    (Read: it would be interesting to know, how future-proof is JetBrains IDE as a dependency of development deliverables.)

    Thank You for reading this comment. 🙂

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      Konstantin Bulenkov says:

      May 3, 2016

      Thank you for sharing this, Martin.
      >are You going to maintain the Java Virtual Machine implementation to keep your IDE working?
      Yes, we already do. At the moment we have our own fork of OpenJDK project. We named it JetBrains Runtime and it includes several important features for us such as Subpixel antialiasing, fixes for better font rendering on Linux, fixes for HiDPI support including per-monitor HiDPI support, and others. Also, we’re trying to protect our users from regressions which happen in official JRE builds.

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        Martin Vahi says:

        May 4, 2016

        Thank You for Your answer.

        I assume that You referred to the

        Honestly, it seems to me that this is actually BIG NEWS!!!
        Creators of the world’s best IDE-line seriously making sure that Java VM works and also having the money, critical business need and the smarts to pull it off and it all happens in Northern Europe, not Silicon Valley. It’s an interesting world that we are living in. Very interesting.

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    Barry says:

    May 20, 2016

    Am I missing something here? Does that Mac screenshot, and the text in this article imply that there’s a ‘Toolbox’ application to manage the download of _all products_? If there is, I can’t find it on your site.

    If there isn’t a ‘Toolbox App’, there should be as it would be ***so*** helpful. Having to update RM, PC, DG, IJ, etc. on my Mac, PC. and linux box(!), individually each time there’s a release is really time consuming (such as the recent security update).