Early Access Program Features

IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3 EAP: Faster Git Log, Parameter Hints and More

Hooray! Fresh IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3 EAP build is out! Among the numerous bugfixes, this build addresses one of the issues that prevented it from being used on macOS Sierra. Users of macOS Sierra, we’re kindly asking you to thoroughly test this build and let us know if the problem is gone.

Faster Search in Git Log

The new build brings a dramatic speed improvement to searching thru Git Logs, particularly for the Text, Author and Path filters.

Now, after the project has been opened (for the first time) and all the important startup tasks are completed, IntelliJ IDEA scans all repositories and builds indexes for all commits. This takes a while (for a large project like IntelliJ IDEA itself, it takes approx. 15 mins). During this time the search speed is the same as before, but after the index is built, the search results appear almost immediately. Each refresh triggers an incremental update of the index, so you won’t be spending much time on it.

Managing Git remotes

Also, we’ve finally added a way to manage Git remotes: via VCSGitConfigure Remotes. Now you can add, edit and remove remotes for every repo in the project:

Note that adding a remote is also available in the Push dialog.

Parameter hints

The editor has also got a notable improvement—parameter hints for literals and nulls used as method arguments. These hints make code much more readable:

Without these hints, understanding the semantics methods like this would be much harder:

Note that these hints are not displayed for:

  • Methods with one or less arguments.
  • Arguments shorter than 3 characters.
  • Paired arguments: e.g beginIndex and endIndexstartOffset and endOffset, etc.

This feature is still experimental and we appreciate your feedback on it very much.

More accurate inspections for the Optional type

Inspections that check for the correct use of the Optional type have been rewritten to use data flow analysis for better accuracy:

Conditional breakpoints

The icon for conditional breakpoints has slightly changed and now has a small question mark:

Spring

Spring-wise, we’ve added support for meta-annotations based on @RequestMapping: e.g. @GetMapping, @PostMapping and custom user annotations.

Hibernate

The last but not least, the support for Hibernate has been updated to 5.2.

Download the EAP build if you want to give these new features a try. Your feedback as always is very welcome in our issue tracker.

Develop with Pleasure!