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IntelliJ IDEA 11.1 is out. What’s new?

03.30.2012
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IntelliJ IDEA 11.1, a fresh update for our flagship IDE for Java developers, was released a few days ago and is now available for download. This update brings multiple improvements over December’s release of IntelliJ IDEA 11.

As usual, IntelliJ IDEA is available in two versions: Ultimate – full commercial version for JVM-based and polyglot development; and Community Edition – a free open-source IDE for Java SE, Scala and Groovy development. All owners of IntelliJ IDEA 11 Ultimate licenses qualify for a free upgrade to v11.1.

The key improvements and additions in this update include:

Subversion 1.7

Support of Subversion (SVN) 1.7, the most expected feature in IntelliJ IDEA, is now complete and offers all the features and performance of the latest Subversion.

Git branches

Working with Git branches has become a lot more convenient. A new menu available for any node of the project allows you to see the list of remote and local branches as well as apply simple commands such as Checkout, Compare, Merge or Delete.

The status toolbar now always shows the current branch of the file open in the editor.

Additionally, IntelliJ IDEA now offers synchronization of branches for projects with multiple Git repositories. If several repositories have branches with equal names, operations on these branches may be run in synch.

Android Development

Android developers can now use inspections based on Android Lint. This can help you find many kind of potential problems in project. In addition, DDMS, Hierarchy Viewer and Draw 9 Patch tools are available directly from the IDE now.

Synchronization with Gradle

IntelliJ IDEA introduces a feature that allows you to compare and synchronize the project structure in the IDE and Gradle. This should streamline your routine tasks and result in time savings.

EcmaScript 6 Support

Javascript Engine EcmaScript 6 (Harmony) is now fully supported for web developers. The preview mode shows EcmaScript code compiled to plain JavaScript, powered by Traceur.

ActionScript and Flex Development

IntelliJ IDEA 11.1 offers a new way to flexibly manage build configurations of ActionScript and Flex projects for different platforms (Adobe Flash Player, Adobe AIR, and Adobe AIR Mobile). Every Flash module now may have several independent configurations letting you specify your own compilation options, packaging parameters, etc.

Other

Last but not least, IntelliJ IDEA 11.1 provides many other features and small changes, including:

  • Sybase and DB2 SQL dialects support
  • Hibernate 4.0 support
  • Performance improvements
  • Further UI tuning

The full list of new features in IntelliJ IDEA 11.1 may be found on its What’s New page.

 

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