Last month we released IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2 with a load of awesome new features such as Java 13 Preview features, Profiling Tools, Services Tool window, and much more. Actually, the first bug-fix update for it – IntelliJ IDEA 2019.2.1 – is already available for you to download.
Now it’s time to shed some light on what we are planning to do next. The upcoming major release of IntelliJ IDEA 2019.3 is going to be different from all of our previous major releases. It will be focused more on things like performance and quality, rather than adding new functionality.
Naturally, each major release comes with myriad bug-fixes, performance fixes, and little improvements – not just new shiny features. And yet, with v2019.3 we plan to take this to a whole new level. We’re going to host a quality marathon, during which almost the whole IntelliJ team will be working on fixing the issues with the highest user impact.
We can say that this release is a bit of an experiment for us and we hope that you’ll like and support the idea of a quality-targeted release!
So let me talk in a bit more detail about the main areas that we are going to be focusing on.
First of all, we’re going to improve the overall performance and responsiveness of IntelliJ IDEA.
Second, we are investing lots of effort into fixing issues that affect a significant number of users and into eliminating pain-points in different subsystems all over the IntelliJ Platform.
Make sure to visit our issue tracker and upvote the issues that affect you the most. This will go a long way towards helping us better define our priorities for v2019.3.
That said, it seems we will have enough resources to do things like extend support for GitHub pull requests, introduce support for several JVM Microservices frameworks, and improve Java 13 support. Still, performance and usability will receive the lion’s share of our attention and focus.
That’s about it. Stay tuned as we’re going to launch the Early Access Program for IntelliJ IDEA 2019.3 pretty soon.