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IntelliJ IDEA 8.0 Is Out with UML, JBoss Seam, and Spring 2.5 Support

New Java refactorings, Flex and JavaScript debugging and more

IntelliJ IDEA 8, one of the best Java IDEs has been been released. This time not only Java developers were looking forward to it, but Flex developers (IDEA 7 started supporting Flex) will find new and interesting additions, too, including:

- Flex debugger
- Advanced Flex code editor for MXML and ActionScript files, with Flash 10 generic
- JavaScript debugger

I'm looking forward to trying out developing my Flex application in new and improved IDEA.

Among another key new features and improvements are:

- SQL support, with query runner and coding assistance for several SQLdialects
- UML class diagrams for exploring the code structure visually
- Core Java features: new refactorings, code inspections, tools for working
with unit tests, the innovative "Dataflow to This" feature
- Support for the JBoss Seam
- Spring 2.5, Spring Web Flow, Spring MVC, Spring Dynamic Modules
- RESTful WebServices support
- Significant performance boost: reduced startup times, faster project
builds, and version control updates
- and much more.

Check out the fresh release at

Below is the full version of press release.

JetBrains Releases IntelliJ IDEA 8

The newest version of the innovative, productivity-focused Java IDE introduces support for SQL, UML-like class diagrams, JBoss Seam, FreeMarker
& Velocity, and enhances Java coding experience

Prague, Czech Republic, November 6, 2008 - JetBrains, creators of intelligent, productivity-enhancing tools for software developers, have
announced the general availability of the new version of its advanced,developer-centric Java IDE, IntelliJ IDEA 8.

Since its inception, IntelliJ IDEA has been setting new standards for what a developer-centric IDE should be like. Be it desktop applications, web
applications, or huge enterprise solutions, everything you need is right at your fingertips, providing the most intuitive and efficient way to achieve
your objectives.

Even as IntelliJ IDEA integrates the widest range of modern tools, frameworks and technologies, with version 8 you can make it as lightweight
as you want. It is easily tuned to your specific needs and never overloads you with functionality you don't need at the moment.

The new release also takes the next evolutionary step by providing web, enterprise, and client-server programmers with out-of-the-box functionality
for building, running, and maintaining SQL queries - an essential part of DB-based application development. This functionality is now fully supported
within the core of the IDE, tightly integrated into your Java code and the persistence environment.

Version 8 breaks more new ground by utilizing the JetBrains IDE platform. This all-new platform is also the base for two stand-alone Ruby and Python
IDEs that JetBrains plans to release in the coming months.

"Although IntelliJ IDEA has grown a lot during the recent years and added support for many frameworks and languages, at the heart it remains a
code-centric IDE. This has always been our main focus, and this is what we believe to be a natural approach to developing even complex applications
with pleasure," said Max Shafirov, IntelliJ IDEA project lead. "We are confident that this update will not only delight our current customers, but
will also help spread the appeal of IntelliJ IDEA to a wider audience."

The key features and advantages of IntelliJ IDEA 8 include:
- New SQL support, which allows editing database scripts and running queries
right in the IDE, with a full range of coding assistance features for several SQL dialects.
- Many core Java features added, including 7 new refactorings, many new code
inspections, new tools for working with unit tests, innovative features such as even smarter code completion and the "Dataflow to This" feature, and
- Significant performance boost across the product, including reduced startup times, faster project builds, and version control updates.

Other release highlights include:
- UML-like class diagrams for exploring the code structure visually
- Support for the new Seam framework from JBoss
- Built-in debuggers for JavaScript and Flex
- Improved Maven support, with repository browser and archetypes support
- FreeMarker and Velocity template languages, with full coding assistance in embedded HTML and CSS code
- Extended support for Spring frameworks, with Spring 2.5, Spring Web Flow, Spring MVC and Spring Dynamic Modules
- Support for Struts 2 and GWT 1.5 frameworks
- RESTful WebServices support
- and much more (see

To learn more about IntelliJ IDEA and download the latest build, see the
official IntelliJ IDEA site at

As usual, a free 30-day evaluation is available at

About JetBrains
JetBrains is a technology-leading software development firm specializing in
the creation of intelligent, productivity-enhancing software. The company is
widely known for its innovative, award-winning Java integrated development
environment, IntelliJ IDEA (see details on the Web at, ReSharper and dotTrace Profiler for
.NET developers (see,, and TeamCity - a
continuous integration and build management environment
( JetBrains maintains
its headquarters in Prague, Czech Republic, with its R&D labs located in
St.Petersburg, Russia and Boston, Massachusetts. For more information, see

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other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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