Educational Products 2018.2: Scala and Project-Based Learning

Riding the 2018.2 release wave that has recently hit our IDEs, we’re also updating our Educational Products so that your everyday learning and teaching is full of even more joy and the drive to spread knowledge.


Scala is now supported

We’re happy to welcome Scala as the next programming language supported by our Educational Products. Educators can now share their Scala knowledge in the form of coding tasks and custom verification tests, the same they do for Java, Kotlin, and Python.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any Scala courses yet. We need your help!

If you’re an educator, please take a look at the Quickstart Guide and try to create your own course. If you need our support or want to help create Scala learning materials, please let us know. If you’re a learner, do share your favorite Scala learning materials with us! Just leave a comment here or contact us on Twitter.

Project-based learning, first steps

Project-based learning is about making something real, driving results that help learners stay engaged and motivated. We believe it is of paramount importance especially in learning programming. In this release, we’ve implemented Framework Lessons which is is the first step towards making project-based learning a first-class approach supported by our Educational Products.

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JetBrains 6th Annual Hackathon: Shiftius Altius Ctrlius


The Hackathlon

“Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.” — Michael Phelps, winner of 23 Olympic gold medals

Faster. Higher. Stronger.

The stage was set for the event of the year; the coveted JetBrains hackathon.

The rules were very simple:

  1. The Hackathon starts on Wednesday, June 27, at noon sharp CEST and runs for 48 hours.
  2. The last commit is allowed no later than Friday, June 29 noon CEST. Presentations must be provided to the Org.Committee by this time as well.
  3. 5-minute presentations will start 1 hour later, at 13:00 CEST on the same Friday.
  4. Everyone at JetBrains can cast votes for the projects they loved.
  5. Winners get prizes.


Facilitated by a wiki page, ideas and concepts could be put forth, and potential partners found. After the date announcement, in the weeks leading up to the event, like-minded people eager to compete and bring to life their burning ideas formed the teams they would need to make this possible.
54 project ideas were entered from 125 participants. This was already a 25% increase in the number of people from last year.

On the start day, the registration opened at 10am providing the Hackatheletes with all the necessary gear they would need to get through the two days: toothbrush; washcloth; sports drinks; energy bars; t-shirt; badges and stickers.


48 projects showed up at the start line. With only 48 hours to go, teams had no time to spare if they were going to get their ideas working and ready for demo.
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JetBrains Security Bulletin 2018 Q2

We have resolved a series of security issues in our products in the second quarter of 2018. Here’s a summary report that contains a description of each issue and the version in which they were resolved.

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A Chat with Jonathan Worthington, Creator of Comma, a Perl 6 IDE Built on Top of the IntelliJ Platform

In this interview we speak with Jonathan Worthington (@jnthnwrthngtn), Edument team member and creator of Comma IDE. Comma is an Integrated Development Environment for the Perl 6 language, built on the IntelliJ Platform.

Jonathan Worthington

Welcome Jonathan. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your role at Edument?

I started at Edument in 2010, as the first employee. I spent my first five years at Edument working in Sweden, doing a mix of teaching and consulting. These days, I’m living in Prague, and have started a new Edument office here. I’ve been taking a much-needed break from teaching and have been enjoying focusing more on consulting and building products.

A few years before joining Edument, I got involved with Perl 6 development. Back then, there was a lot of skepticism over whether the language would ever reach a stable specification and a production implementation. I’d been especially interested in compilers, runtimes, concurrency, and language design during my time at university. Perl was at the heart of my first business, started when I was a teenager, and I delivered numerous web application projects using it. So, helping with Perl 6 felt like a nice way to give back to the community that had freely given me a tool that I used to make a living for many years.

And what a ride it’s been! Not just in that I came to play a key role in delivering the language and implementation, but every bit as much for the people I’ve had the pleasure to work with along the way.

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Celebrate this Friendship Day with JetBrains… and unwrap your presents!

Did you know there was such a thing as International Friendship Day? To be honest, until recently, we did not. And today is it.

It helped us realize we have so many friends around the world – over 5 million in fact! So we thought, what a great opportunity to celebrate these wonderful friendships and let you know how much you mean to us!

Some sources say Friendship Day falls on August 1st. No problem – we can start celebrating now and finish on the 1st. How’s that for a plan?

What’s the one thing that makes a celebration special? Getting together someplace nice… Cracking open a bottle of the bubbly… Sure, but how about some presents?

What could it be, we thought. Something that both new and old friends would appreciate. Something that could stay with you.

After a lot of heated discussions we came up with this:

Starting now and only for the next 50 hours, through Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 11:05 AM CDT (or 18:05 CEST), all JetBrains Toolbox products are available at an astounding 50% discount!

frienship dayYes, you read it correctly: 50% off new personal annual subscriptions AND renewals! The All Products Pack with all its 15 products is included too!

50 hours may seem like a long time, but times flies like an arrow. So, treat yourself to a friendly tool from JetBrains now or extend your existing subscription – and get coding celebrating!

And remember, friends don’t let friends use mediocre coding tools. Pay it forward – show your friends you are thinking of them today. Let them know about the JetBrains party if they are into coding too, and let’s make our friendly family even bigger! :)

Happy Friendship Day!
Your friends at JetBrains

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Deprecation Notice: outdated license server no longer supported in JetBrains products

JetBrains License Server is a web application that enables administration of floating licenses. The new license server features a fully revised user experience including easier installation, integration with the JetBrains Account service for license management, and a new communication protocol between the product and the license server.

If you don’t use the license server yet and think it could be a good match for you, please check out this page and feel free to contact us for more details.

What is going on?

Starting with the 2018.2.1 release of JetBrains IDEs (to be released in Q3 2018) and 2018.3 release of .NET tools (to be released in Q4 2018), products will no longer obtain license tickets from the old versions of JetBrains license servers (versions prior to #16429 which was released on March 19, 2018).

If you are currently using an outdated license server, you should update it to the latest version.

Please note that if you are using a product version older than 2018.2.1 (for IDEs) or 2018.3 (for .NET tools), it will be still possible to use an old license server.

Am I affected?

If you are using a JetBrains license server prior to version #16429 (released: March 19, 2018), you will be affected.

To find the version number of the license server you are using, look in the license server log or in the web interface.

Alternatively, all clients (JetBrains IDEs since version 2018.1 and .NET tools since the upcoming version 2018.2) that obtain license tickets from an outdated license server will show a notification indicating that an outdated license server is being used:


What do I need to do?

Please update the license server to the latest version by following the upgrade procedure described in the documentation.

Your JetBrains Account profile should be authorized to use a JetBrains license server. Please contact JetBrains Sales if you need any assistance with such authorization. If you are not sure whether you have obtained such permission before, we recommend that you reach out to us anyway so that we can minimize any possible downtime of the license server while the authorization is being granted.

Should you have any questions or requests about old license servers, please contact us by completing the form on the deprecation notice page for quick assistance or contact License Server support via

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New icons in IntelliJ Platform 2018.2

One of the main goals of all the products we create at JetBrains is to increase our productivity as developers. And we’re ready to go the extra mile to achieve this.

This year IntelliJ IDEA turned 18. Through all these years, the IDE has got lots of nice features, and for many of them, dedicated icons were added. As a result, there are colorful icons all over the interface.

2017.3@2xMain toolbar in IntelliJ IDEA 2017.3. Almost all icons have at least two colors and complex shapes.

Such abundance of color and detail distracts from the main purpose of the IDE – working with code efficiently. To help maintain focus and productivity, a clearer UI was needed.

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The Developer Ecosystem 2018: What is driving the programming world

Update (November 5th): We’ve published the raw data. Check it out!

Did you know that in 2018 …?

– The top 3 primary programming languages are Java, JavaScript, and Python.

– One out of five Kotlin developers works in a company of more than 5,000 employees.

– Programmers are moving away from self-hosted and on-premises solutions and embracing major cloud providers.

– Developers are sleeping more hours a day, on average, compared with 2017.

We at JetBrains have revealed these and dozens of other significant facts about developers and technologies after running our annual Developer Ecosystem survey.

To identify what is driving the world of code in 2018, and how these trends compare with 2017, we’ve collected and analyzed the opinions of more than 6,000 developers from 17 countries.

Same as last year, we are now sharing the most interesting findings and insights of 2018. We also applied the same Methodology as we did last year, to make it possible to compare the current results with the Developer Ecosystem 2017.

The State of Developer Ecosystem 2018The Developer Ecosystem 2018 infographics cover even more topics about us developers, including Programming languages (now with Go and Kotlin sections), Development environments, Databases, Team tools, Open source, Cloud technologies, DevOps, and new Fun facts about us developers.

View The State of Developer Ecosystem 2018 Report

The study consisted of 150+ questions, though not all were included in the report. The full results will be shared later when we publish the anonymized raw data. Stay tuned!

Of course, we’ll continue tracking the development trends and will run our Developer Ecosystem survey again in 2019. If you want to be a part of it, join our Survey Panel!

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JetBrains Developer Recognition Program adds Google Developers Experts and All Products Pack

All active Google Developers Experts, Java Champions, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, and ASPInsiders are now eligible to receive a free subscription to JetBrains All Products Pack.

Apply Now

For years JetBrains has run a number of community support programs that have provided free product licenses to eligible students and instructors, open source projects, user groups, and communities. Through December 2017, nearly 1,000,000 free licenses were given out through support programs (see 2017 Annual Highlights).

Previously all active Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, ASPInsiders, and Java Champions received a complimentary subscription to directly related products. The new JetBrains Developer Recognition Program has been expanded to include Google Developers Experts and will offer a free subscription to JetBrains All Product Pack. Eligible developers will get access to all of our desktop products including IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, ReSharper Ultimate, Rider, GoLand, and our other IDEs.

JetBrains strongly believes in supporting technology experts who are actively involved in sharing their knowledge and passion with the community. Approximately 1,000 developers already take part in JetBrains Developer Recognition Program. Existing members who have received licenses through the program will get an email with instructions on how to upgrade their license. If you did not receive an email or have any questions, please contact Other active members can apply now.

We thank you and appreciate your continued support!

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Educational Products: New Features for Course Creators

JetBrains’ Educational Products now support Java, Kotlin, and Python. Technically, all the educational features are implemented as a special EduTools plugin, so you have a choice of IDEs to use – IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio, or PyCharm – in your learning and teaching. One of the major advantages of making a plugin for us as developers is the freedom to share new features. No matter what release stages our IDEs are on, we can update the plugin anytime and let you try all the freshly baked features while they are still hot from the oven.

Last week, we updated the EduTools plugin to version 1.5 and want to tell you about some major features you can now try.

Open a course as an educator
Group lessons into sections
Create tasks with dependent answer placeholders
Write task descriptions, with full IDE support

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