JetBrains relies on Google Android collaboration for new IntelliJ IDEA

Building on a collaboration with Google, software vendor JetBrains has updated its IntelliJ IDEA Java IDE (integrated development environment) to provide more capabilities for building apps to run on Android devices.

IntelliJ IDEA 13 also introduces a number of improvements in the way it supports the Java Spring framework, which is a core component for Pivotal’s recently launched Business Intelligence PaaS (platform as a service).

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First released in 2001, IntelliJ IDEA is one of many popular IDEs used to write Java applications, alongside Oracle’s NetBeans and JDeveloper as well as the open source Eclipse. The developers praised the software’s ease of use 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 has incorporated some of Google’s development for Android Studio into IntelliJ IDEA itself. Most notably, 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 tool window for working with the framework, as well as an improved way to configure 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 powers Spring. The deployment tool also works 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 upcoming release of Java 8.

Java is the second most widely used programming language, behind C, according to the latest Tiobe Index of Popular Programming Languages.

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

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

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