JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA 2016.3 is now available
News|by Leanne Bevan|22 November 2016
JetBrains has announced the latest update to IntelliJ IDEA with a whole host of improvements to enhance the developer experience.
Update highlights include:
- Refactoring to Java 8. Since Java 8 was released, IntelliJ IDEA has been providing inspections that help write correct and idiomatic Java 8. With this update, we’ve gone much further and extended our existing inspections to support non-trivial cases.
- JVM Debugger. The debugger has been extended with Class-level Watches and JVM Memory View, a new plugin that lets users explore objects in the JVM heap during a debug session.
- Code Editor. The editor has been extended with Parameter Hints that show method parameters names for passed values that are literals or nulls, and Semantic Highlighting, a highlighting mode that uses unique colors for each parameter and local variable.
- Gradle. The new option “Delegate IDE build/run actions to Gradle” allows users to delegate the native IDE Build, Build Artifacts (both WAR and EAR) and Run actions to Gradle. Another new option which is called “Gradle Composite Builds” lets users substitute any of their Gradle dependencies with another IntelliJ IDEA project.
- Scala. The Scala plugin has got support for Scala.js and scala.meta.
- VCS. The Log viewer has been further reworked, this time mainly to improve its ergonomics and speed. The Merge dialog now shows a Resolve icon on the left side of the Editor when the IDE is capable of resolving the conflict automatically. ALso, the IDE provides an interface for managing Git remotes for every repo in the project.
- Android. The Android plugin has been aligned with Android Studio 2.2: Blueprint, Constraint Layout, better Instant Run, and APK Analyzer.
- Database. The Database plugin now allows editing multiple cells at once, submit changes in bulk, and find usages of objects within the source code of other objects (procedures, functions, triggers, views, etc).
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