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WebStorm 2023.2 EAP #3: GitLab Integration, Angular Improvements, and More

We’re continuing to work on WebStorm 2023.2 with our third EAP build. To catch up on all of the new features WebStorm 2023.2 will bring, check out our previous EAP blog posts.

The Toolbox App is the easiest way to get the EAP builds and keep both your stable and EAP versions up to date. You can also manually download the EAP builds from our website.


Important! WebStorm EAP builds are not fully tested and might be unstable.

Below you can find the most interesting improvements available in WebStorm 2023.2 EAP #3. Please try them out and share your feedback in the comments below or by using our issue tracker.

GitLab integration

We’ve got some great news for our GitLab users, we’ve introduced initial integration with GitLab in WebStorm 2023.2 EAP 3. This integration will allow you to streamline your development workflow by working with the Merge Request functionality right from the IDE.

Showing the GitLab integration during merge

Angular improvements

For a long time, the way we were dealing with generics and directive inputs deviated from Angular’s one. With this update, we’ve completely reworked it, so that now when you use strictTemplates there should be no more surprises. WebStorm will precisely interpret ngTemplateContextGuard methods and propagate type evaluation to the template variables. Libraries that heavily use mapped types, like NgRx, should properly work now. That’s part of our continued effort to align with strictTemplates, and combined with previously added support for strict null checks and type narrowing, we hope it will make your Angular experience much better!

We have also fixed a couple of issues related to Jest and Angular in this EAP. These include a fix for the issue causing some Jest tests to fail to run in the directory of Angular projects and a fix for the issue with detecting sub-projects correctly when running all the tests in the directory.

Text search in Search Everywhere

The Search Everywhere (Double ⇧ / Double Shift) functionality, primarily utilized for searching through files, classes, methods, actions, and settings, now includes text search capabilities similar to Find in Files. With this enhancement, text search results are displayed when there are few or no other search results available for a given query. The feature is enabled by default and can be managed in Settings | Advanced Settings | Search Everywhere.

Showing the new text tab in search everywhere finding an instance in the text only

Syntax coloring in inspection descriptions

In Settings | Editor | Inspections, we’ve implemented syntax color for code samples, which will help you with comprehension of the inspection and its purpose.

Showing the inspections with color for var in the code sample

Rename refactoring for createSignal in Solid.js

In WebStorm 2023.2, we have introduced rename refactoring for the getter and setter of the createSignal function. Similar to the refactoring capability already available for useState, this allows you to conveniently rename the getter and setter functions associated with the createSignal function so you can efficiently update the names of these functions to better reflect their purpose or adhere to coding conventions.

Showing the rename reafactoring working correctly in CreateSignal functions

Other notable changes

  • We’ve fixed the issue causing Volar errors to jump around when editing code (WEB-61072).
  • We’ve fixed the issue causing Jest tests to fail to recognize single parametric tests when each argument is not explicitly provided (WEB-60806).
  • We’ve fixed the issue causing const type parameters with trailing commas in arrow functions in TSX files to be parsed incorrectly (WEB-60304).
  • We’ve fixed the issue causing the syntax highlighting of some keywords to not work when JavaScript was embedded inside HTML (WEB-61013).

For the full list of enhancements available in WebStorm 2023.2 EAP #3, check out the release notes.

The WebStorm team

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