10/18/2009

IntelliJ IDEA Goes Open-Sources

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

JetBrains, the maker of the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java integrated development environment, plans to deliver an open-source version of its tool set.

JetBrains, the maker of the popular IntelliJ IDEA Java integrated development environment, has decided to deliver an open-source version of its tool set.

JetBrains on Oct. 15 announced a public preview of the free Community Edition of IntelliJ IDEA.

Moreover, “Starting with the upcoming Version 9.0, IntelliJ IDEA will be offered in two editions: Community Edition, [which will be] free and open source, and Ultimate Edition, which until today has been referred to as simply IntelliJ IDEA,” JetBrains said in a news release. The release continued:

“The brand-new Community Edition is built on the IntelliJ platform and includes its sources. JetBrains has made it as easy as possible to access and use the source code of the Community Edition and the IntelliJ platform, by applying the democratic Apache 2.0 license to both of them.”

Sergey Dmitriev, CEO of JetBrains, said in the release, “We’ve always been open to the community—with our public Early Access Program (EAP), issue trackers, forums and so on. This made for a tight and direct feedback loop with our users, even at a time when this wasn’t a widely accepted practice in the industry. Since then, we’ve supported hundreds of open-source projects with free product licenses, contributed code to various open-source projects like Groovy and Scala, and developed several open-sourced IntelliJ IDEA plug-ins ourselves. So, you can see how offering the IntelliJ IDEA experience for free, through an open-source license, goes hand in hand with our focus on the community. Open source has become the mainstream, and we continue to embrace it as an exciting challenge. In brief, we’re not changing direction—we’re moving forward.”

The JetBrains release described the Community Edition of IntelliJ as a good choice for developers “working on pure Java/Groovy applications, or doing Swing development.” This edition contains IntelliJ IDEA features such as “various refactorings and code inspections, coding assistance, debugging, TestNG and JUnit testing; CVS, Subversion and Git support, as well as Ant and Maven build integration.” It continued, “To learn more and download the Community Edition Public Preview, please visit: http://www.jetbrains.com/idea/nextversion/free_java_ide.html.”

The Ultimate Edition will continue to be offered commercially as a “complete set of Web and enterprise development tools. … The new features of Version 9 include:

- Java EE 6, with JSF 2.0, JPA 2.0, Servlets 3.0, Bean validation, etc.

- Android, Google App Engine, GWT

- Adobe AIR, FlexUnit

- JavaScript refactorings and debugging

- Tapestry, OSGi

- PHP and more…”

Google Street View goes off-roading

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google’s Street View trike is hitting the road throughout the U.S., and the company is seeking your input as to where it will go next.

In the past, Google Maps’ Street View has largely restricted your virtual trips to spots accessible by car. But the company’s trike, a 250-pound tricycle outfitted with GPS and a camera that looks like a submarine periscope, can virtually take you places you can’t drive–anywhere from a school campus to a theme park.

To help its cyclists go where no trike has gone before, Google needs your help in deciding where it should travel next.

The company is asking you to vote on the locations you’d most like to see from among six categories:

1. Parks & trails
2. University campuses
3. Theme parks & zoos
4. Pedestrian malls (i.e. outdoor shopping areas, boardwalks)
5. Landmarks
6. Sports venues (i.e. golf courses, racing tracks, stadium grounds)

You have until October 28 to cast your vote at Google.com/trike. Google will then pick a winner for each category and send its trike cyclists on their mission.

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