Jolt Awards: Coding Tools, February 06, 2013 The best IDEs and coding tools of the past year
Jolt Award: JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA 12.0 Ultimate
JetBrain's IntelliJ IDEA has long been a most deeply loved Java IDE. For much of its lifetime (I've used it since release 3.0, so I can't speak to earlier times), it has been at the vanguard of all IDE development, regardless of language or platform. That it has been able to maintain, even thrive, in a sector in which all its major competitors are available for free is a testimonial to the quality of implementation and the speed with which JetBrains integrates new Java technologies. Think of a Java package or tool that suddenly became popular GWT, Spring, Groovy, JDA, the open-source servers, Android, and so on and you'll find that IntelliJ was always the first to support them. And it maintained its lead with more and better features, when competitors finally climbed on board with their own products.
The 12.0 release of IntelliJ shows that the pace of innovation continues unabated. This release adds an Android UI designer, faster compiler, support for the Play Framework 2.0, support for announced Java 8 features (including code assistance for lambda expressions, method references, and default methods). It also adds many new features to its Groovy capabilities, including enhanced support for Cucumber testing.
For once again improving on its remarkable track record of feature development and its history of frequent upgrades, IntelliJ IDEA 12.0 wins this year's Jolt Award for coding tools. Congratulations!