JetBrains leverages Google Android collaboration for new IntelliJ IDEA

Building on a collaboration with Google, software publisher JetBrains has updated its Java IDE IntelliJ IDEA (Integrated Development Environment) to provide more capabilities for building apps to run on Android devices.

IntelliJ IDEA 13 also features a number of improvements in the way it supports the Java Spring framework, which is an essential component for Pivotal. Newly launched business intelligence PaaS (platform as a service).

First released in 2001, IntelliJ IDEA is one of several popular IDEs used for writing Java applications, alongside Oracle’s NetBeans and JDeveloper, as well as the open source Eclipse. Developers having rented the ease of use of the software and its intuition to anticipate the programmer’s next action.

Earlier this year, Google adopted open source IntelliJ as the base platform for its own Android Studio, a toolkit to help developers build Android apps more efficiently.

In turn, JetBrains folded some of the developments Google has done for Android Studio in IntelliJ IDEA itself. More specifically, it now supports Gradle, an open source package for building, testing and managing software applications. Android Studio also provided other enhancements for IntelliJ IDEA in the UI Editor and Designer.

For Spring developers, JetBrains now offers a dedicated tools window for working with the framework, as well as an improved method of configuring Spring projects. This release also comes with a deployment tool for deploying code to Cloud Foundry cloud services, like the one offered by Pivotal, which manages Spring. The deployment tool also runs on Red Hat’s OpenShift and Heroku’s Java PaaS.

The updated IDE also supports the latest versions of the development software it is commonly used with, including Java EE 7, Glassfish 4, Wildfly 8, Tomcat 8, Subversion 1.8, and the next version of Java 8.

Java is the second most widely used programming language, behind C, according to the most recent Tiobe index popular programming languages.

IntelliJ IDEA 13 costs $ 199 or $ 99 for an upgrade, for individual users, and $ 499, or $ 299 for an upgrade, for organizations.

Joab Jackson covers business software and general technology news for The IDG information service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab’s email address is [email protected]

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