Meet Clear Measure, A JetBrains Training & Consulting Partner

In this interview with Jeffrey Palermo, CEO of Clear Measure, Inc., learn about current trends in developer tools and how JetBrains products such as TeamCity and ReSharper can help you take advantage of existing business opportunities.

Clear Measure

Hello and welcome Jeffrey. Can you please tell us a bit about yourself and Clear Measure?

Hello and thank you. My name is Jeffrey Palermo. I am Managing Partner and CEO of Clear Measure, Inc. a business critical custom software engineering firm in Austin, TX. We build and modernize your critical software assets, and we help you run them through their entire lifecycle.

From the perspective of your company, what are the obstacles and opportunities in technology that businesses are faced with today and what’s the role of developer tools? How important are they?

Ten years ago development tools and companies seemed to be focused around application components: user interface, grids, controls. Applications were being deployed on a much less frequent basis than they are today. We were in the middle of a huge Agile transformation, and companies were moving from deploying maybe twice a year, to deploying once a week or even faster moving applications deploying once a day. Developer tools were trying to answer the question: How can I write this code more effectively, faster and at a higher quality? Nowadays, there has been such tremendous innovation in that area that many of the developer tools are super cheap, standardized, or are free and open sourced. Vendors have continued to innovate and now the Agile movement that started in 2001, which started with programmers and changed the way they wrote and tested code, has now infected project managers. Projects can be managed in smaller chunks at a more rapid pace. It has changed the way systems administrators manage servers and the applications running on them. DevOps, in a lot of ways, is the agile principles applied to IT operations and custom software systems. There is a surge in developer tools in the DevOps space, which is the space of repeatable, automated operations.

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Final update on the JetBrains Toolbox announcement



  1. We are moving forward with subscriptions with important adjustments.
  2. You will receive a perpetual fallback license once you pay for a year up front or 12 consecutive months.
  3. You will receive up to 40% discount for continuous subscription.
  4. You will be able to use the software without an Internet connection.
  5. Current customers with active or recently expired upgrade subscription get first two years of subscription for the price of one.
  6. We still recommend you take 10 minutes to read it all for the complete details.

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We are listening

Final Update (September 18th): The licensing model had been updated. Read the update from our CEO Maxim Shafirov.

Update (September 8th): The licensing model announced previously including conditions and prices, is not final. Please expect updates next week.

Update (December 8th): we’ve closed comments under this blog post. Please contact our sales team with any questions you may have.

We announced a new subscription licensing model and JetBrains Toolbox yesterday. We want you to rest assured that we are listening. Your comments, questions and concerns are not falling on deaf ears.

We will act on this feedback.

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Introducing JetBrains Toolbox, easier access to your coding tools, more control and flexibility, and a lower entry price

Final Update (September 18th): The licensing model had been updated. Read the update from our CEO Maxim Shafirov.

Update 2 (September 8th): The licensing model announced previously including conditions and prices, is not final. Please expect updates next week.

Update: Please make sure you also read this short update to the announcement below.

Update (December 8th): we’ve closed comments under this blog post. Please contact our sales team with any questions you may have.

At JetBrains we believe that software developers are some of the most forward-thinking people in the world. They are the drivers of the incredible pace with which technologies are developed today. The progress made in software development in the last decade alone is unbelievable and software has become core to so many things today, from pens to spaceships. For us, being a part of such a diverse group of developer communities for over a decade has been a really exciting and enlightening journey.

While ways in which we develop software haven’t drastically changed over the past couple of decades, the role of those who write software has evolved. In effect, developers are no longer pigeonholed to a certain technology. They work with multiple languages, frameworks and platforms. And with this change come new needs.

What happens

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JetBrains 3rd Annual Hackathon: New-Generation Debugger Grabs 1st Place

JetBrains 2015 Hackathon took place July 9-11 at our offices in St. Petersburg and Munich, with additional team members joining remotely. The basic idea was to have some fun and build something viable from scratch in a short time frame.


Over the designated 48 hours of the Hackathon, 57 participants worked feverishly on 21 projects; eating, talking and dreaming code. Let’s get right to the meat and potatoes and tell you about this year’s projects.

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Introducing Hub 1.0 – JetBrains’ Teamware Connector

Please welcome Hub 1.0, a brand new user & permissions management tool, which connects our team tools YouTrack, Upsource and TeamCity. Hub is absolutely free and supports an unlimited number of users.

With Hub 1.0, you can connect multiple YouTrack and Upsource installations. Hub 1.0 supports YouTrack Stand-Alone only, while YouTrack InCloud will be supported later.

TeamCity will also join the club very soon with a special plugin, which is planned for the Q3 of 2015. This plugin will allow you to synchronize TeamCity users with Hub users, though groups, roles and permissions will be still managed in TeamCity.

See Hub in action in this short video:

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JetBrains Way to C++: The Inside Story of Our Journey


For the last 15 years, JetBrains has provided software developers with tools to make them more productive, work faster, and solve mundane tasks in an automatic way. From smart IDEs and code editors to teamware tools, the JetBrains portfolio covers many aspects of software development and supports a huge set of programming languages.

2015 has been a special year for us with the April introduction of ReSharper C++ and CLion, two entirely new products targeted at C and C++ developers.

We now have many of C and C++ development use cases covered. All of our C++ tools natively support C and C++, including the C++11 standard (with some limitations), libc++ and Boost, and correctly handle macros and templates.

ReSharper C++ is an extension for Microsoft Visual Studio, supporting the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler and associated Visual Studio toochain. CLion, on the other hand, is a stand-alone cross-platform IDE that supports the GCC and Clang compilers (note that, on Windows, you’ll need either MinGW/MinGW-w64 or Cygwin), GDB (or LLDB since the 1.1 version) as a built-in debugger, and CMake as a build system and project model.

The days leading up to and following the new products’ releases were full of excitement, various expectations and forecasts, and then the joy and anxious tracking of the first sales. But let’s go backwards and see how we got to this point and where all these products’ first ideas were born.
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Introducing Gary Hockin, PhpStorm Developer Advocate

Hello Gary and welcome to the JetBrains team! For those who don’t know you, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

Hi, thanks for the warm welcome. My name (as you can see) is Gary Hockin, and I’ve been a web developer for more than 15 years. I’m an active member in the PHP community, a conference speaker, and keen blogger. I’m completely engrossed in the PHP community – in particular I love contributing to open source where I can.

Outside of work, I’m married and have two beautiful little girls. When I’m not coding I love playing competitive pool (and the pub).

Gary Hockin

How did you find out about the Developer Advocate role for PhpStorm and what interested you the most about the position? What will be your role and responsibilities?

I’ve been looking for a DA role for around 18 months. Previously I’d spoken to a few companies informally but hadn’t really been that interested in the product or company. At Sunshine PHP in February I mentioned to my friend Cal that I was looking for something, and a few months later he told me that JetBrains was looking for a Developer Advocate.

The strange thing was I’d already been speaking to Mikhail Vink and the team about Zend Framework integration in PhpStorm, and so I had already a relationship with the company. I’m also a paid user of the product. If I’m going to advocate something then I want it to be something I use and believe in, and for me, PhpStorm ticks all those boxes.

It might have cost me a bottle of whisky, but it’s proof positive that being active in the community is the best way to get ahead in the PHP world.

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JetBrains for Universities: Public Events in Passau and Munich, July 9th-10th

July 9th and 10th, JetBrains team members will visit two universities in Germany to share their knowledge and participate in discussions: The University of Passau and Technische Universität München.

The IEEE Student Branch at the University of Passau invited JetBrains to their July 9th technical talk and asked us to present IntelliJ IDEA to their computer science students. Florian Sattler, Chairman of IEEE Student Branch Passau, says, “We noticed that more and more people switch from Eclipse to IntelliJ IDEA. Our members and other students of the faculty would therefore like to learn more about IntelliJ IDEA so they can use it better.” JetBrains’ Hadi Hariri promises that attendees will leave his session knowing things that they didn’t even know existed, or were afraid to ask.

TUM Event

On July 10th, the Technische Universität München (TUM) will host JetBrains Night @ TUM, a technical talks and discussion event. We are excited about this evening and the positive reception our tools have met with at the university. More than 25% of computer science and engineering students have already joined our student license program, in no small part because of Klym Shumaiev, JetBrains Campus Ambassador. So what can you expect? Hadi will present Why You Should Take Note of Functional Programming in College, and Maria Khalusova will speak about essential teamwork practices in her talk, Code Review: What, Why and How?

The university talks are in English and open to the public. You can attend one or both events if you happen to be in Passau on July 9th and Munich on July 10th. Seating capacity is limited in the rooms, so those who come first have privilege to the seats.

JetBrains Campus Ambassador Program

JetBrains runs a global Campus Ambassador Program with a focus on THE Top 100 universities in computer science and engineering.1

The Campus Ambassador Program aims to support students interested in JetBrains tools at the university. Depending on a university’s specific needs, JetBrains provides technical assistance and guidance, sponsorship of various activities and funding, giveaways, and more. In Singapore, for example, more than 120 students are members of a JetBrains tools user group, and many of them regularly attend workshops led by Sebastian Lee, JetBrains Campus Ambassador at the National University of Singapore.

National University of Singapore

The primary goal of each JetBrains Campus Ambassador is to inform students that they are all eligible for free JetBrains IDE and .NET tools licenses, and help them get started using our tools in their projects. All students, not just those represented by a campus ambassador, can request free licenses for JetBrains products at using their university e-mail address or ISIC card.

If you want to make JetBrains tools more popular at your university, please send an email to, and we’ll be glad to see how we can help.

1. The 2013-2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ Engineering and Technology

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Help Us Improve and Win a License

It has been a while since the last time that we updated our website design, nearly three years ago when we switched to the current design from the one below. 2012

We’re thinking about making another update some time soon, but as a team of very technical geeks we love numbers. We do have lots of data already from the different analytics systems we’re using but we want to do a special survey right now dedicated specifically for

It is people like you who are visiting the website and using it to find the information that you need, so we are asking for your help.

As the survey is about a website, it might feel odd that we’re asking some questions which might not seem relevant. However, often decisions we make are somewhat related to other aspects in our lives. We’re catering the site to so many diverse individuals and some of the questions play an role in this. Having said that, some questions are optional.

If you are willing to help us, please complete our survey.

Web Site

And yes, we have some prizes for those who complete the survey: a chance to win one of 10 personal licenses for a JetBrains product of your choice, or one of 20 Amazon vouchers worth $25.

Thank you!

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