JetBrains News Archive (2008)

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Jolt Productivity Awards 2008

JetBrains tools continue to receive recognition and praise: three of our products have been named finalists in this year's Jolt Productivity Awards!

ReSharper, our intelligent productivity-focused add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio, was honored as one of the five best Development Environments.

In the Change and Configuration Management category, the finalists included TeamCity, our distributed build management and continuous integration server.

Last but not least, dotTrace, a super-fast and efficient .NET profiling tool, was picked by Jolt judges as one of the best five Utilities.

It's great to see that our products are really making a difference and helping developers and development teams create industry-leading quality software. We thank the judges and especially our customers who are instrumental to the success of our products.

MPS Goes Beta, Goes Free and Open-source

It is a pleasure for us to announce the Beta release of the Meta Programming System, our implementation of Language Oriented Programming concept.

Meta Programming System (MPS) is an environment for professional software developers to create new custom languages, extend existing languages, and use them to develop programs. MPS is also an instrument for creating Domain Specific Languages (DSLs). Domain experts who are not familiar with programming can easily use DSLs created with MPS.

MPS's main focus is to allow creating new languages and extending existing ones as easily as possible. Its advanced features enable defining language typesystems, constraints and specialized editors to produce new, powerful and easy-to-use languages. MPS uses a generative approach: languages are described on a higher level, and MPS generates compilable code in other languages, particularly in Java.

MPS will be free for all users and, moreover, a major part of its code is open-source (under Apache license).

To learn more about JetBrains MPS, download it and give it a try using the supplied Tutorial.

We are planning to have MPS 1.0 released early next year. But expect more announcements soon about new products that we've created using only MPS.

Meet JetBrains' Release of the Year: IntelliJ IDEA 8

We're proud to announce our release of the year: IntelliJ IDEA 8!

Our new and improved IDE is now faster, more stable, and more feature-rich.

The major release highlights include:

  • SQL support & SQL Query Runner
  • UML-like class diagrams
  • JBoss Seam support
  • JavaScript & Flex Debugger
  • FreeMarker & Velocity support
  • and much more

For more details jump right to the New Features page, or better yet, start experiencing a new level of productivity and usability today — download the fully-functional, free 30-day trial copy. Keep developing with pleasure!

IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin Contest 2008

JetBrains launches the third annual IntelliJ IDEAL Plugin Contest and challenges Java developers to compete for over $15,000 in cash prizes and a whopping $51,700 in free software licenses! Someone is going to win amazing prizes this year - why not you? Join the club of distinguished contributors who have helped populate the IntelliJ IDEA plugin ecosystem with nearly 500 world-class plugins - and make a living of it!


The total cash prize value amounts to $15,000, and the bonus software packs total breaks record at $51,700!

Seven of the best contributions will receive substantial awards with cash and free software licenses.

Grand Prize: $7,000 + Grand software license pack

Second Prize: $4,000 + Deluxe software license pack

Third Prize: $2,000 + Super software license pack

Team Leader's Personal Prize: $1,000 + Special free software license pack

Honorable Mention (3 awarded): $350 gift certificate + free software license pack

In addition, all valid submissions with non-trivial functionality will receive commemorative contest T-shirts


The contest kicks off September 15, 2008. Final code and collaterals must be submitted by December 15, 2008. Winners will be contacted by e-mail, and the winners list will be posted on the contest home page and announced in JetBrains blogs and RSS feeds on January 30, 2009.


For full contest details, prize info, official rules, submission procedures, etc, visit

We invite you to spread the word and consider entering the contest yourself. We're really looking forward to seeing what cool stuff people come up with to make your (and our!) favorite Java IDE even smarter and more productive.

Also, consider visiting the Plugin Wish List available at Submit your feature requests and/or vote for others' requests to help plugin developers move in the right direction to benefit our community.

Give it your best shot - earn the recognition of your peers, add to the community's development toolbox, and win a cool prize!

September 15, 2008

ReSharper 4.1 is released

Today, we're excited to announce the release of ReSharper 4.1! This minor version is highlighted by:

  • Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1
  • Enhanced ASP.NET experience
  • Improved performance and usability: quicker solution load, optimized Unit Test Explorer behavior, and more
  • New minor features, including name editing in code generation UI, generating backing fields for implemented interface properties, highlighting usages of XML tags and attributes
  • Stability improvements and bug fixes

See Release Notes for details on bug fixes, cosmetics, new features, resolved performance and usability problems.

Download this new release now!

September 2, 2008

IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.4 is released

We're happy to announce the release of IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.4!

Though this is a regular maintenance release, we have some cool stuff (besides performance improvements and bug-fixes - things you can typically find in any maintenance release) up our sleeve for you:

  • Reworked Ruby, JRuby and Rails support
  • Way better smart Maven integration
  • Version control with Subversion 1.5
  • and more

For the complete list of what has been added, fixed and improved, read Release Notes.

Get this fresh update now. Traditionally available for Windows, MacOS and *NIX.

August 12, 2008

IntelliJ IDEA 8 Milestone 1 is released

It is really a lucky concourse of circumstances that today, 8/8/08, we're releasing IntelliJ IDEA 8 Milestone 1!

This Milestone Release is a preview of IntelliJ IDEA 8, which is due out by the end of Fall 2008. A number of major new features of the next release are already available for you to use today! Milestone 1 greatly extends support for modern technologies, frameworks and languages, as well as broadening the possibilities for developing rich, complex solutions. Smooth, fast and effective development is made possible thanks to IntelliJ IDEA's famous productivity-boosting features and native support of every technology and language you need, all tied together in a robust, extensible IDE.

Here's a list of the most remarkable features introduced in this release:

  • JBoss Seam Integration
  • Javascript/Flex Debugger
  • Greatly improved performance
  • Spring 2.5
  • FreeMarker, Velocity, GWT 1.5
  • Great support for REST WebServices
  • Struts 2
  • Multi-dialect SQL Console
  • Reworked project configuration
  • New automated refactorings
  • Improved coding assistance
  • Numerous new code inspections
  • and many more

Read more about all the new features, watch them in live action, and get your copy of the fresh release to try it all for yourself.

August 8, 2008

ReSharper 4.0 is released

Greetings from JetBrains!

We are pleased to announce the general availability of ReSharper 4.0!

This release brings you the most up-to-date support for C# 3.0, including LINQ, and Visual Studio 2008 in general. The major upgrade also features multiple new usability and productivity-boosting tools, such as standard class library annotations, solution-wide analysis (for C#), versatile code cleanup, new automated refactorings, new and improved code-editing capabilities, and more.

Complete product information about JetBrains ReSharper is available at

ReSharper 4.0 is available for a 30-day free trial download at . No evaluation licenses are required.

New customers can purchase ReSharper 4.0 online at

Please NOTE: All those who have purchased ReSharper 3.0 or ReSharper 3.1 after December 21, 2007 qualify for a free upgrade!

June 10, 2008

ReSharper 4.0 Beta is available!

JetBrains heralds a happy release of ReSharper 4.0 Beta, a state-of-the-art productivity tool for .NET developers!
ReSharper 4.0 introduces a substantial pack of new features and improvements, of which the following are presumably the most delicious:

  • Comprehensive support for Visual Studio 2008 and C# 3.0, including LINQ, implicitly typed locals and arrays, extension methods, automatic properties, lambda expressions, object & collection initializers, anonymous types, expression trees, and partial methods.
  • Solution-wide analysis, a feature that looks for erroneous C# code in your whole solution on-the-fly, without compiling it first.
  • .NET Framework classes annotated with custom attributes to make ReSharper analyze your code even better than before - for instance, to let it know where format strings should be passed or where null values can or can not be assigned.
  • Code Cleanup - a powerful successor to Reformat Code. By simply running Code Cleanup, you can instantly apply a dozen of actions, including arranging 'this' qualifiers, removing code redundaicies, migrating to auto-properties, optimizing using directives, and many more.
  • All ReSharper's refactorings now support C# 3.0. New members of the refactoring family are available, including a pack of C# 3.0-specific refactorings.
  • Multiple new productivity features. This is to mention just a few:
    • Complete Statement. This is a new feature that inserts necessary syntax elements (braces, semicolons etc.) and gets you to the position to start the next statement.
    • CamelHumps in Code Completion. In ReSharper 4.0, all three completion features - Symbol Completion, Smart Completion, and Import Symbol Completion - let you complete any symbol by entering only its uppercase characters.
    • Live Templates Editor is a redesigned set of tools to view, manage, and edit ReSharper's three types of templates. From now on, you can manage and classify your templates in a special-purpose dialog box, and edit them right in a Visual Studio code pane.
    • Recent Edits - a drop-down list similar to existing Go To features that shows files and symbols that you recently modified.
  • Smoother interaction with Visual Studio ecosystem. The quality of interaction with frameworks, add-ins, version control clients and other members of the Visual Studio ecosystem is brought to a new level. The list includes .NET Compact Framework, BizTalk, and Silverlight.
  • ASP.NET Speedup. ReSharper 4.0 significantly speeds up analysis of ASP.NET pages, to enable more web developers benefit from the great toolset that ReSharper provides.

As before, ReSharper comes in three editions: Full, C# and VB.NET, which are called on to bring every customer precisely what they need - and enjoy the savings.

Download the beta version of ReSharper 4.0 to test the power of new capabilities and help us put the finishing touch on the product. Whatever edition you want, whatever version of Visual Studio you use, there's a single download file for all.

May 21, 2008

dotTrace 3.1 released

On this beautiful spring day, JetBrains announces dotTrace 3.1 — the new minor release of the simple and super-fast profiling tool for .NET developers!

We keep working on a major upgrade that will represent a big step in terms of functionality and scalability, but as an intermediate release, we'd like to introduce dotTrace 3.1. The highlights of this new version include:

  • Support for Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.x. You can now launch dotTrace from Visual Studio 2008 and profile solutions running under latest versions of .NET Framework
  • Support for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008
  • Support for web-based JetBrains License Server, a utility that serves as a central source of license tickets and distributes them between workstations seamlessly
  • A new floating license that any member of your development team can use
  • Stability and performance improvements

As usual, you can download a 10-day evaluation copy. Current dotTrace 3.0 customers can upgrade for free.

For more details on changes in dotTrace 3.1 as compared to 3.0, see Release Notes.

May 5, 2008

Announcing Rake Runner Plugin for TeamCity

We are glad to announce the Early Access Program of Rake Runner plugin for TeamCity ( The plugin in conjunction with TeamCity brings the following features and benefits for Rake development:

  • Continuous changes integration and testing under Test::Unit and RSpec testing frameworks
  • Possibility to run tests under different database environments
  • User-friendly web UI and easy projects administration
  • Support of industry-leading version control systems, including Subversion
  • Smart reporting on the builds and tests results with different notification means and customizable rules
  • Intelligent tracking of tests status and visual statistics charts
  • Taking responsibility for integrating incorrect changes
  • Instant and easy access to the builds' artifacts, intelligent artifacts management and much more

To take a look at a Rake Runner plugin in action, please visit our public demo server at The server doesn't require any registration or configuration.

The plugin is open-source, developed in Java and Ruby, and, of course, everyone is welcome to contribute. All the plugin-related information is available at our Confluence page at

We urge you to give TeamCity a try and download a Professional edition which brings innovative productivity- and quality-enhancing features for FREE at

And we would also like to familiarize you with Ruby, JRuby and Ruby on Rails support provided by our flagship product IntelliJ IDEA.

April 25, 2008

JetGroovy 1.5 released

We're glad to announce the general availability of the new release of JetGroovy Plugin for IntelliJ IDEA.

Version 1.5 brings yet more of IntelliJ IDEA's smart, advanced features to Groovy and Grails developers:

  • Multiple new Groovy-aware refactorings
  • Extended Groovy coding assistance with support for dynamic properties and methods
  • Groovy-ready debugger that handles mixed Java and Groovy code
  • Smart GroovyDoc browser
  • Support for automatic testing with JUnit/TestNG
  • Improved Grails coding assistance with support for JavaScript and custom tags
  • Complete support for Grails plugins

To learn more about JetGroovy, visit the Groovy and Grails feature page.

JetGroovy supports all of IntelliJ IDEA 7.0 releases, including 7.0.2 and 7.0.3. You can download the plugin from or via the IntelliJ IDEA Plug-in Manager.

April 15, 2008

TeamCity 3.1.1 released

We're glad to announce the availability of TeamCity version 3.1.1

This new release brings several enhancements, including:

  • Better and more stable performance
  • StarTeam integration-related fixes
  • Numerous bug-fixes, cosmetics and exception fixes

Download a new version of TeamCity 3.1.1.

March 31, 2008

IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.3 released

We're glad to announce the availability of IntelliJ IDEA version 7.0.3
This new release brings multiple new features, improvements and bug-fixes, including:

  • Improved performance and usability
  • Improved Flex support
  • Totally new, reworked debugger UI
  • Multiple Maven integration improvements
  • Numerous bug-fixes, cosmetics and exception fixes

For the complete list of what's been added and fixed, see Release Notes.

Download the fully-functional, 30-day, no-key evaluation version of IntelliJ IDEA 7.0.3.

March 17, 2008

IntelliJ IDEA and TeamCity gain Jolt Productivity Awards 2007

IntelliJ IDEA received awards for being a productive Development Environment and a Web Development Tool.

TeamCity, a build management and continuous integration tool for facilitating teamwork, has picked up recognition and a Productivity Award in the Collaboration Tool Category.

March 11, 2008

TeamCity 3.1 Release

We are glad to announce the release of TeamCity 3.1 - a new version of our innovative solution for continuous integration and build management.

This version brings a number of improvements and fixes to existing features, plus several new features you might enjoy (to name just the most noteworthy ones):

  • Visualization of Build Agents' workload
  • "Time to fix tests" statistics graph for monitoring the project health
  • Improvements in 3rd party .NET tools integration
  • More types of notification options
  • Improved external database support (Oracle and MS SQL 2005)
  • Scope filter for Code Duplicates and Inspections browsers
  • New options for builds triggering

And of course, this release has multiple user interface enhancements, performance improvements, and bugfixes.

We encourage you to download TeamCity 3.1, to give it a try for yourself.

To find out more about new features of TeamCity 3.1, surf to the "What's new" page.

March 4, 2008