JetBrains 20th Birthday Round-up

On February 5th we celebrated JetBrains 20th birthday with our beloved community online and in the special section of JetBrains 2019 Annual Highlights. Thank you for the heartfelt and warm birthday greetings that we received. We appreciate the love and would like to share a few of the many birthday wishes that hit home!

@RobEden on Twitter
Congratulations on 20 years, JetBrains! Your tools have made me a better developer. I love how, even as the company has grown, it’s always been clear that my feedback matters. #JB20Bday

@CalvinNrnha on Twitter
Started using @androidstudio and appreciated it for it’s amazing feature set. Found out that it’s based on IntelliJ IDEA. Started using @pycharm @WebStormIDE @intellijidea and @kotlin First thing I search when learning a language – does JetBrains make an IDE for it? #JB20Bday

Davyd McColl on Facebook
Favorite JB products? All of them! I use Rider, Webstorm, Datagrip, dotPeek daily. But any time I try another, it feels like home.

Mikael Rozee on LinkedIn
I’ve been using JetBrains products for nearly 8 years now. They make the transition between technologies or languages much smoother as I know I always have a robust IDE to depend on.

Bernard Deffarges on LinkedIn
Happy birthday! I have been using IntelliJ for 20 Years and I’m still developing with pleasure. IntelliJ has been a companion that became more helpful with every release. Whenever I move to a new company, my first question is always “can I work with JetBrains tools?”. It’s an amazing work you have done!

@Ned.yotov on Instagram
Wow 20 years 0.0 I was just starting with JS 6 or 7 years ago, and trying different IDEs and editors and friend recommended me WebStorm with university licence that we had. I used Uni edition as long as I could and than started to pay for my own licence – since it is the best IDE that I customised so much with shortcuts and plugins, so I can’t think of changing it :) #JB20Bday

JetBrains’ 20th birthday celebration continued into Friday with beautifully organized site parties that included cake, games, music, dancing, and hours of fun. Here’s a small taste of the action from our offices.

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It’s been a great 20 years and we’re already looking forward to the next milestone, whatever that may be!

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Update on R Language Support in IntelliJ-based IDEs

Since its first days as a company, JetBrains has relentlessly worked to make professional software development a more productive and enjoyable experience. This mission started 20 years ago with a single tool that helped refactor Java code and which later became a full-fledged IDE. Today JetBrains offers a dozen IDEs that replicate the enjoyable experience of developing with IntelliJ across multiple programming languages. In this post, we’d like to give you an update on one of those languages: the R language.

Support for the R language has been available for IntelliJ IDEA for quite a while. It was possible thanks to the help of Holger Brandl, who originally developed the plugin and then maintained it over many years. And relatively recently, JetBrains started to contribute to the plugin. JetBrains has helped re-implement some elements of the plugin and has significantly improved the plugin’s user experience by providing additional console and graphics integration, a working debugger, Rmarkdown support, and advanced coding assistance.

The plugin’s source code has remained open source, and the plugin itself is now compatible not only with IntelliJ IDEA but also with the entire family of the IntelliJ-platform, which means that it is now also available in PyCharm, DataGrip and other IDEs. Below you can find more details about the recent major improvements.

In case you don’t have time to read the entire post, here’s a quick glimpse of how it now feels to edit R code using the plugin:

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Tips for Students: How to Start Your Programming Career

Sebastian Aigner, a passionate education-focused developer advocate at JetBrains, talks about working with students as well as his path from university to JetBrains, and he offers inspiration for those who are ready for frustration.


To help you study and improve your programming skills JetBrains offers:

What does it mean to be an education-focused developer advocate at JetBrains?
I am part of the developer advocacy team, where my focus is on our cooperation with universities, schools, and other teaching initiatives. I try to bring JetBrains into the classroom by highlighting the positive features and benefits of our tools and our programming language Kotlin, to educators. We also sponsor and organize hackathons at universities, where students can challenge themselves to create innovative solutions and get to see first-hand the benefits of using Kotlin and our tools.

All my activities really focus on making people better at what they like to do. I always start with the core questions – how can we make it easier for people to learn to program, and what can we do to make it more fun to use our tools and Kotlin?

What do you like the most about your job?
Working on the booth at conferences, hackathons, and career fairs. When we actually talk to users, we can really tell that our work is making an impact. It just gives me a warm and happy feeling when people come to us and say: “Hey! Your tool solved the problem for us”, or “Hey, it was really easy to get started”, or “Hey, you essentially saved my career as a developer”, or “Hey, without you, I couldn’t have finished my homework on time.”

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20 Years of JetBrains, 20 Years of Progress, 20 Years of Evolving Together

Today we, JetBrains, turn 20 years old! Yet our passion and exuberance for the world of software development is just as strong as ever. We are still learning every day, and we are curious about what the future holds. Our founding principle is making professional software development a more enjoyable and productive experience for both individuals and teams. We are trying to discover new ways to help others bring their solutions into the world.

It has been an exciting 20 years and an amazing start to the millenium. We have come a long way in these 20 years and we’d like to invite you to look back at our journey together.

Check out 20 Years of JetBrains Highlights

We’ve grown from a company of three, working in Prague with a single product serving 800 customers, to a team of over 1,250 employees in 9 offices worldwide, with 25 developer tools and trusted by over 8 million users.

Back in 2000, the popular languages were C++, Java, C, and PHP, and they were in use by a population of around only 3.3 million professional developers. We began with IntelliJ IDEA for Java and evolved with the rise of .NET, new technologies, and new ways of working. We supported developers through this evolution with new tools such as ReSharper, RubyMine, WebStorm, PhpStorm, and PyCharm.

We’ve always considered effective teamwork to be integral to success. And, based on our own needs, we’ve created tools like TeamCity, YouTrack, and Upsource to help teams work more effectively. Our latest product, JetBrains Space, is our next step on the way to offering comprehensive support for creative teams.

Now, a new wave of technology, like data science, machine learning, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence, is forging the future, and the top languages of today will need tools to help support them in these development niches. JetBrains will be there continuing to develop our tools to be on the cutting edge of development practices and technologies.

JetBrains 20 Years

Our support for development does not stop with our tools. Our community-focused and educational initiatives are just as important to us. We are committed to open-source development. Since we first began, we have provided over 4.8 million free licenses to open source and education.

Our own open-source programming language, Kotlin, has gone from strength to strength adapting to meet the needs of this world’s rapidly developing technology. Kotlin was designed to be a pragmatic tool for programmers and continues to increase in popularity. It won the Breakout Project of the Year award at OSCON ’19, and it has become the preferred programming language for Android.

20 Years of JetBrains, 20 years of progress and change, 20 years of evolving together. You can see just how far we’ve come in our Annual Highlights 2019 report.

We could not have done this without the support of our users, our team, and our community. We will continue to keep pace with the latest technologies, so you can keep working on what is most important to you. Our tools speed up production, freeing developers to grow, discover and create. This will always be true. Thank you for being with us on this amazing journey, and here’s to the next 20 years!

The Drive to Develop

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Contribute to the Developer Ecosystem 2020 Survey!

At JetBrains, our whole world revolves around software development. It follows naturally that with everything we do, from the tools we develop to the Kotlin language – and even this survey – we have a vested interest in trying to make the lives of developers better.

So that we can best serve the community, we ask you to contribute your valuable insights about the development ecosystem by taking this 15-20 minute survey, which is available in 8 languages.

Developer Ecosystem 2020 Survey

As always, we’ll share all the results of this survey, along with our most interesting findings, with everyone at the end. We’ll also provide you with the raw anonymized data so you can do your own analysis and test your hypotheses. In addition, if you are interested, we can prepare personalized results for you that illuminate your place within the ecosystem.

What’s more, participating in the survey gives you a chance to win an exciting prize of your choice: a MacBook Pro, a $300 Amazon certificate, or a JetBrains Surprise Gift Pack.

Your thoughts and expertise are valuable to us!

Take the Developer Ecosystem 2020 Survey now

Please invite your friends and colleagues to take this survey, too! Last year, more than 19,000 people participated in the Developer Ecosystem Survey. The more developers contribute to the study, the more representative it will be of the community.

The JetBrains Research team

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JetBrains Security Bulletin Q4 2019

In the fourth quarter of 2019, we resolved a series of security issues in our products. Here’s a summary report that contains a description of each issue and the version in which it was resolved.

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EduTools plugin v3.3 released!

Introducing EduTools plugin v3.3! With this update, you can enjoy Go support and an improved experience for both learners and educators. The new plugin version also includes automatic Python package upgrades for learners, added templates for course creation, and eye-catching course update notification.

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Key features:
Go support
Automatic installation of Python packages
For Educators:
Templates for task and course description
Additional content in multiple-choice tasks
For Learners:
Notification for the course update
IntelliJ IDEA Edu and PyCharm Edu 2019.3.1

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JetBrains Mono — a new typeface made for developers

A year ago, we set a very ambitious goal – create a font to make working with code more comfortable for everyone. And we did it!


What’s the problem with other monospaced fonts, you might ask?

For the most part of our day we, as developers, look at the code. And it is no wonder that we are always on the lookout for the best font to make looking at the text on the screen easier on our eyes. However, the logic in many popular fonts does not always take into account the difference between reading through code and reading a book. Our eyes move along code in a very different way, often having to move vertically as often as they do horizontally, which is opposed to reading a book where they slide along the text always in the same direction.

Therefore, while working on JetBrains Mono we focused, among other things, on the issues that can cause eye fatigue during long sessions of working with code. We have considered things like the size and shape of letters; the amount of space between them, a balance naturally engineered in monospace fonts; unnecessary details and unclear distinctions between symbols, such as I’s and l’s for example; and programming ligatures when developing our font.

Today, we proudly present JetBrains Mono – a new open-source typeface specifically made for developers. Check out what makes JetBrains Mono unique in the big family of monospaced fonts and try it in your favorite code editor. Have a look at JetBrains Mono, your eyes will thank you for it.

Happy coding!

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JetBrains Wishes You a Happy Holiday Season

We are grateful to be able to share with you our best wishes for a happy holiday season and the upcoming new year. May our hopeful wishes give you the drive to develop and help to keep you warm, inside and out.

What a year it has been! The end of 2019 is just full of events for us and hopefully for you too. 1,700 attendees joined our annual KotlinConf 2019 this December in Copenhagen, Denmark, with thousands more watching the live stream. You may have heard already but in case you haven’t, JetBrains launched a brand-new product at the conference, Space – the integrated team environment. We are very excited about it and you can request an invite to join the early access program.

If you are looking to fill up some downtime over the holidays, this is a great opportunity to explore JetBrains Academy and take one of our updated IDEs or .NET Tools for a spin. All products inside JetBrains Toolbox have been updated to 2019.3 with IntelliJ-based IDEs getting faster startup times allowing you to do more faster next year.

Again, the whole team at JetBrains would like to wish every member of our community all the very best for the holidays. Whatever your passion is. Whatever you find meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

JetBrains is turning 20 years old in 2020, we have our yearly State of Developer Ecosystem survey coming soon, and there are lots of other things in the works. Stay tuned, next year is going to be epic!

Have a magical holiday season!

The Drive to Develop

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