News Bytes :: February 2005

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Omea Tokaj Announcement

Of the four main aspects of Omea (Read, Organize, Handle and Find), the Tokaj release mostly focuses on the Read and Organize aspects. The main new organization feature is the addition of Web browser plugins. The plugins, currently supporting Internet Explorer, Mozilla and Mozilla Firefox, allow you to categorize Web pages, annotate them and create clippings directly from the Web browser.

The main Reading improvement is the new message list view. It will support vertical reading pane layout, item grouping, in-line auto-preview and many more features. In addition to that, many improvements are planned for the Newspaper view mode.

Other improvements include a rewritten NNTP client with better performance and SSL support and many new features in the RSS plugin. Besides that, a lot of small interface, usability and performance improvements are planned for all areas of the product.

The start of the EAP program for Tokaj is planned for beginning of February, 2005, and the final release is planned for Q1'2005. If you want to stay informed about Omea Project development news, subscribe to Omea RSS feed. Dmitry Jemerov / Omea Project Lead / JetBrains

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JetBrains .NET Tools in 2005

In 2004, we entered the .NET market with the launch of ReSharper 1.0, and what a tremendous ride it has been. ReSharper, once an unknown neophyte standing in the large shadow of its big brother (JetBrains’ Jave IDE IntelliJ IDEA), is now carving out a niche for itself and becoming a star on its own accord in the .NET universe. Sales are climbing, the industry has been very receptive of our work, and the developer community is starting to take more notice and contribute with helpful ideas: life is good.

However, 2004 was just the opening salvo in what promises to be a more determined and intensified effort at bringing the same productivity enhancing and intelligent development features to the .NET world that many Java developers continue to experience with IntelliJ IDEA. So, what can everyone look forward to from ReSharper in 2005?

ReSharper 1.5

For starters, ReSharper 1.5 is on the horizon. This plug-in for VS .NET 2003 is going to bring a lot of new refactorings to the table, including Extract Interface, Extract Superclass, Introduce Field, Encapsulate Field, Copy Type, Introduce Parameter, Convert Interface to Abstract Class, and Convert Abstract Class to Interface. ReSharper 1.5 is going to be FREE to current customers of ReSharper 1.0, so all you have to do is download, install, and you will be ready to go. If you want to help speed up the launch date, join the ReSharper 1.5 EAP, put it to the test, report bugs, and help it ship by the end of January.
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ReSharper for VS .NET 2005

While the final feature list is still under the surgeons knife so to speak, ReSharper for VS .NET 2005 (tentatively called ReSharper 2.0) should be making its debut about a month or so after the launch of Microsoft’s Visual Studio .NET 2005. This version, naturally, will bring additional value to VS .NET 2005 in the same manner that ReSharper 1.x has done for VS .NET 2003.

More specifically, this version of ReSharper will also support VB.NET and ASP.NET, along with C# 2.0 (including Generics and other new language constructs). Therefore, if you are worried that VS .NET 2005 will lack some intelligence features and refactorings, you can bet that ReSharper will be there to fill in the gaps. Like ReSharper 1.5, current customers of ReSharper 1.0 will upgrade for FREE. Additional feature specifics and details for ReSharper for VS .NET 2005 will begin to appear after the launch of ReSharper 1.5.

.NET IDE Forging Begins

Finally, those of you who have yet to hear the good news, we here at JetBrains have begun to hammer out our own .NET IDE, tentatively lacking an official name (we will have one soon, but if you have some suggestions, bring it to our forums!). If you are familiar with our Java IDE IntelliJ IDEA, we are going to be implementing many of the same navigation and usability features from this IDE into our own .NET IDE. Users can look forward to close integrations with VCS systems, industry leading refactoring support, powerful intelligence features, and a whole lot more. However, the final feature list is still under consideration, but you can start pushing for the features you would like to see in the IDE in our USENET group

Once more about the .NET IDE becomes ready for public consumption, I will be sure to pass it along to the rest of the community.

.NET Profiler EAP Starts

The .NET industry will not just be getting fancy editing tools from us in 2005; we will also be launching a .NET Profiler (as a stand alone product). While still under construction, I can say that it is scheduled to have CPU profiling features to hunt down performance bottlenecks, with a later version adding memory profiling features as well. You will have to give us a bit more time before we can release a final feature list. However, if you don't want to wait for it, and in fact, want to help shape the feature list yourself, you can do so by participating in its Early Access Program

David Stennett / .NET Sales Executive / JetBrains

News Bytes :: November 2004

Fabrique integration with IntelliJ IDEA

We have changed the strategy a bit, so we are making the Fabrique IDE now as an extension to IntelliJ IDEA rather than a separate tool.
So basically you will be able to enable Fabrique support in IDEA, create a Fabrique module, define all the pages and business model, use your existing classes from other modules to create a working web application, plus get all the features of IDEA for working with regular Java code you can be using in Fabrique apps. We are planning to continue the EAP of Fabrique right when the EAP for IDEA 5.0 starts. And this time we want to make it immediately available for every IDEA user. We hope this will simplify the adoption and speed up the development. Eugene Belyaev / CTO / JetBrains.

Omea Reader: my personal reading environment

We all know how it feels, working on different projects, trying to sync with the latest news, keep up with what our professional environment generates: weblogs, sites, newsgroup messages. It takes my time. It makes me install several applications and run them simultaneously. I want to know all important news as soon as they arrive and set up different notifications in those apps… I am tired of the problem. So are my bosses. So is my team.

Omea family of tools that we are now working on here at JetBrains is right about this: to let us work with different information resources in just one application. The first (smaller) member of the family is already released: Omea Reader 1.0.

Omea Reader was designed as a convenient all-in-one RSS aggregator, newsgroup reader and bookmark manager. Moreover, it provides all set tools for searching, reading, organizing and managing these resources. My favorites are:

  • Collecting resources of different types under categories instead of folders or whatever containers I used before for keeping useful things in.
  • Using annotations along with flagging for later reference.
  • Shortcuts bar for keeping shortcuts to my favorite blogs and newsgroups.

Download it and use it - Omea Reader is free till the end of the year. Tell us what you find useful, what features would you like to see in the next release. We'll be happy to see you on our online forum or at the Omea Reader public newsgroup (jetbrains.omea.reader at the server news.jetbrains.com). And if you prefer personal correspondence, our email is feedback.omea@jetbrains.com Sasha Maximova / User Experience Designer / JetBrains.