MPS 2021.2 brings spell-checking mechanism, automatic completion pop-up, VCS enhancements, and much more.
Code completion, which is normally invoked by pressing Ctrl/Cmd + Space, now pops up automatically after you stop typing, with a half-second delay by default. It can still be opened manually if needed. Learn more.
Wrapping changes are now much more flexible. It is possible to have independent internal changes inside wrapping and unwrapping changes. In addition, it is possible to have several wrapping and unwrapping changes next to each other. The internal moves are now detected inside nodes with changed IDs.
Editor cells for attributes were previously not being correctly highlighted in the Diff dialog. Typically, the whole node with the attribute was highlighted if an attribute was added or deleted, rather than just the attribute in question.
MPS functionality that employs an IntelliJ IDEA spell-checking mechanism
to check comments and string literals for typos and mistakes has been
extended to work with any text that may show up in a label cell. To indicate
that the text of a cell has to be checked against a dictionary (as configured
in Preferences), you just need to add the
spellcheck style to
the cell in your editor declaration.
For Rich Client Platforms (RCP), don’t forget to include the
jetbrains.mps.editor.spellcheck plugin in the distribution.
We’ve addressed the scenario where a project that has been migrated to a newer MPS version is accessed by a developer with an older MPS version. The Migration subsystem now tracks the MPS platform version when applying migrations, and it warns you if a project you try to open has been migrated to a newer version. This helps prevent the unintended corruption of models.
There’s a mechanism for sharing evaluated scope pieces during a single
model read. New expressions in
sharing scopes were introduced:
for model [ factory, key],
visible roots [concept], and
visible nodes [concept]
as replacement for
new ModelPlusImportedScope(model, rootsOnly, concept).
The new expressions are used to save the scope of a model to cache memory,
meaning that it only needs to be recorded and calculated once.
Extension authors have to select what type of access to grant when they write code that works with MPS models. For SNode operations (e.g. setProperty(), addChild(), etc.), it was only possible to grant command access, even without UI interaction. This limitation has now been lifted, and any code that holds write access for the model can now modify nodes.
The Tooltips feature now has a functionality called radar that shows which cells have tooltips. The Tooltip radar can be activated by pressing and holding the Ctrl key.
It is now possible in baseLanguage to use the Java diamond operator on
constructors to infer generic parameters from context. The diamond operator
will be enabled by default for newly written code. To enable it on your
existing constructors, remove your existing type parameters and set
infer type parameters to true in the inspector, or type
<> again and remove the empty parameter.
Properties in baseLanguage are now taken into account correctly on type checking. No errors for an unimplemented method will be raised when a property inherits interface or abstract methods. When defining a property with a generic type, the correct type is used for accessing the property on an instance.
Note that the setter exposed for a property of type
return an object of type
T, rather than
MPS now displays the difference between the initial and changed versions of files in the editor tab. It doesn’t matter how you invoke the Show Diff action, the IDE will open the diff in the editor by default.
If you find it more convenient to track changes in a separate window, you can drag the desired file from the editor. If you do, the IDE will remember this and will open future diffs in a separate window.
New arrows are located in the top right-hand corner of the window in Preferences/Settings to help you navigate through the sections. They allow you to jump back and forth between the sections.
It is now easier to drag and drop a tool window to move it within the main IDE window or to make it a separate window. You can drag a tool window by clicking and holding its name bar and dropping it in any highlighted place.
There are new options for the cursor shape in the built-in terminal. Furthermore, the terminal also offers new support for shortcuts using Option (⌥) as a Meta key. For example, you can use the following shortcuts: