Saturday, December 01, 2007

What will the new features in Diana?

With Diana (a.k.a. IntelliJ IDEA 8) will appear in Q4 2008, it's time to think about the new features. As my experience with JetBrains and IntelliJ IDEA, I don't think they will provide support for other frameworks but they will have more support for team work. Even IDEA can do some tasks for team work in conjunction with Team City and IDETalk, but they're not too many. So here the main feature list I think they will provide in Diana:

  • A Task-Focused user interface, like Eclipse's Mylyn and even better

  • Improvement in supporting Spring, Hibernate, Seam, Facelet, Flex

  • Improvement in integration between Hibernate and Spring

  • Improvement in Ruby and JetGroovy plugin

Even I want to see UML support in IDEA (support for popular diagrams, generate source code from UML, reverse engineering from source code, synchronize between diagrams and source code,...) but I don't think it will appear in Diana.

OK, now wait and see, in a few weeks later, they will post the road map for Diana.

Update: Added Facetlet, Flex

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