JetBrains 7th Annual Hackathon: Arranged Differently

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Arranging a new hackathon

The arrangement
With the expansion of JetBrains this year and the move into our new offices, we had to push back this year’s hackathon a little bit. But, if anything, this ignited the drive to develop new ideas in our team. So here is a rundown of what went down this year.

The rules were simple:

  1. The Hackathon began Wednesday, September 18th, at noon sharp CEST and ran for 48 hours.
  2. The last commit was allowed no later than Friday, September 20th, noon CEST. Presentations needed to be provided to the Org.Committee by this time as well.
  3. 5-minute presentations started 1 hour later, at 13:00 CEST on the same Friday.
  4. Winners received prizes

Arranging the event

“Arrange whatever pieces come your way.” – Virginia Woolfe

This year’s theme was “arrange it your way.” The principle behind this is that there is no single way to do things, no unique solution, that the parts can be arranged in an infinite number of different combinations.
This year, even more ideas and concepts for projects were put forward than ever before. 70 projects were submitted by the 182 participants ready to bring their ideas to life. There are no limits to what people can dream up, but there were most definitely some common themes that emerged throughout.

On Wednesday, registration opened at 10am, providing participants with all the gear they would need to get through the two days: a toothbrush, a t-shirt, badges, and stickers.


The 56 projects that finished could not have been more different or more incredible. Teams again embraced this opportunity to explore their limits, finding issues in their own spaces, and exploring solutions to fix them. Here is a look at just some of the projects (remember: this was done in only 48 hours).

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The Official JetBrains Website is Now Multilingual

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Read this post in Chinese (Simplified), French, Japanese, Korean, Russian.

As a tech company, we do our best to support the most popular programming languages and technologies. As a global company, we consider it our responsibility to make sure that people speaking different languages and coming from different cultural backgrounds can easily access information about JetBrains products.

Choosing the right development or teamwork tool is now much easier, as is available in Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish. We’ll be expanding the list of supported languages.

You can switch to the language of your choice using the selector at the bottom of the page.

We greatly appreciate your feedback: there’s a button on the right side of every page allowing you to highlight an area on the page and provide a comment.

Check out our website in Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Klingon, Korean, Russian, Spanish!

The JetBrains Team

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JetBrains Supports NumFOCUS-sponsored Open Source Projects

Open source software is an essential part of most software projects, and it is vital for healthy progress in modern engineering and research. For years, JetBrains has been committed to supporting those who invest their time and expertise to contribute to open source projects and ultimately advance the entire software ecosystem. We have provided free licenses to thousands of large and small non-commercial OS projects developed and maintained by the community.

JetBrains Supports NumFOCUS-sponsored Open Source Projects
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JetBrains Security Bulletin Q3 2019

In the third 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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Toolbox App 1.16 Is Out. Open Files from GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket in Your IDE with One Click

TLDR; the JetBrains Toolbox extension now can open a line of code you have selected in your IDE in GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket. There are new progress bars in the Toolbox App UI, and several bug fixes too.

Open GitHub, GutLab, Bitbucket files in your JetBrains IDEs

At JetBrains, we believe that programming should not be just a job, but a pleasure, a hobby, and a creative outlet. That’s why with this release our team has rebuilt the JetBrains Toolbox extension from the ground up. Now you can easily open your Git repositories in your favorite IDE and navigate from GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket files, or selected lines of code to the JetBrains IDE that fits best. This nice new integration will save you valuable time.

GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket Integration

Download the Chrome and Firefox extensions, and you’ll see just how simple and useful they are. Previously, these extensions were only able to clone and open your Git repositories in your favorite tool. Now they allow you to also open the selected file in your IDE. And what’s more – available from 2019.3 EAP versions of all IDEs – you can navigate to the line of code you have selected from the Git repository service to your IDE with just one click!
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EduTools Plugin v3.0: C/C++ Support and Better YAML Configs for Educators, and New Features for Stepik Learners

With the 2019.3 Early Access Program in full swing for IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, WebStorm, and CLion, we’ve just updated our plugin to v3.0 for you to try all the new educational features with the new 2019.3 IDEs.

EduTools Plugin v3.0


C/C++ Support for Educators
Better YAML Configs
Insert Shortcut Action in Task Descriptions
Stepik Video Lessons
List of a Task Submissions
More Detailed Output for Python Syntax Errors

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JetBrains Security Bulletin Q2 2019

This bulletin summarizes the security vulnerabilities detected in JetBrains products and remediated in the second quarter of 2019.

Here’s a summary report that comprises the affected product, the description of each issue, its severity, and the product version containing the fix.

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Welcome EduTools Plugin v2.9: Code Insight Improvements for YAML Configs, New Course Creator Features, and More

We’ve just updated our plugin to v2.9 to help you learn and teach different programming languages with more ease! Benefit from the latest code insight improvements for YAML configs, configure placeholder dependencies on placeholder creation, enjoy fewer bugs, and use the 2019.2.1 IDE builds for PyCharm Edu and IntelliJ IDEA Edu.


For Educators

Improved support for YAML configs

With EduTools plugin version 2.7, we completely reworked our solution for storing course configuration files: all the information about your course is conveniently stored in YAML format. Now, we’ve made some more improvements to give you a better experience when using this functionality:

  • Non-existent elements (such as files and lessons) are highlighted as errors and can be created right from their usages.

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Changes to Startup Discount Program

If your startup is engaged in the development of a software-based product or service and you are looking for professional tools to take it to the next level, we have a special offer for you. Get a 50% discount on all of our products including IntelliJ IDEA, CLion, DataGrip, PhpStorm, PyCharm, Rider, WebStorm, ReSharper, ТeamCity, YouTrack and others!

Today, we are happy to announce some changes that expand JetBrains Startup Discount Program eligibility and increase the duration of the discounted subscriptions. We now support companies who have been in business for up to 5 years. After your application is approved, your 50% startup discount will allow you to purchase multiple products and subscriptions for up to 10 unique users over a period of 60 months.

JetBrains Startup Discount - 50% OFF

Since we first announced JetBrains Startup Discount Program in February 2014, more than 20,000 startups have already taken advantage of our special offer. For IntelliJ IDEA developers this means that they could have saved 270 hours per user, per year for development, debugging and maintenance. Join companies in the United States, Germany, Israel, Poland, South Korea, and 110 other countries who already take part in JetBrains Startup Discount Program. Learn more and apply today!

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Online Learning: How One Developer Went from Beginner to Pro

People get into programming in different ways. Some begin learning it in school, some go to university to study Computer Science, while others get started with online courses – like Zina Smirnova, now a member of the Educational Products development team at JetBrains. We talked with Zina to find out more about her professional path.

Zina Smirnova

Can you tell us about your background and how you decided to become a developer?

It didn’t happen overnight, but like all worthy things in life, it took a lot of time and effort. It all began when I was on maternity leave as a junior researcher at the Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
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