We’re now ready to share our plans for the upcoming release, which is scheduled for the beginning of April 2020. First of all, we’ll continue to optimize performance in order to make WebStorm more lightweight. Second, we’ll add some new functionality and enhance support for frameworks and commonly used tools like Prettier to help you work with them more efficiently. Let’s take a closer look at what exactly we’re going to focus on.
Making WebStorm more lightweight
Until we released v2019.3, a common performance problem WebStorm users faced had been its sluggish startup. In 2019, we’ve introduced a number of architectural changes that have significantly reduced the startup times. We’ll keep optimizing this part of the IDE.
Besides that, we plan to lay some groundwork that will make indexing less disruptive to let you perform more actions while the indexing is still in progress.
We also want to ease the process of installing and updating plugins so that you can manage them without restarting the IDE. In WebStorm 2019.3, this already works for most theme and keymap plugins. In the next release cycle, we’ll try to extend this support to other types of plugins.
If you want to learn more about the planned performance improvements, you can take a look at the blog post which unveiled the IntelliJ Platform roadmap. Everything described in that post applies to WebStorm as well.
Helping you get more out of the supported technologies
That’s about it. Of course, our roadmap is subject to change, but the overall direction will stay the same. Stay tuned for the upcoming start of the Early Access Program for 2020.1!
The WebStorm Team