JetBrains to Roll Out Cloud Tools for InteliJ IDEA

The extension can use the services API directly from the IDE, add the appropriate Java client libraries, and manage the Google Cloud Platform accounts
01 August 2018   496

The IntelliJ IDEA development environment is now able to directly access Google Cloud services with the new Cloud Tools plug-in. The extension can use the services API directly from the IDE, add the appropriate Java client libraries, and manage the Google Cloud Platform accounts.

The plugin allows you to log in to GCP directly from the development environment. This can be done through Tools> Google Cloud Tools> Add Cloud libraries ...:

Cloud Tools
Cloud Tools

In the window that appears, select the required API and your GCP project:

Cloud Tools
Cloud Tools

After clicking the Add Client Library button, a confirmation window will appear, notifying you of the API connection and creating an account in the service:

Cloud Tools
Cloud Tools

After confirmation, the plugin will offer the necessary environment variables:

Cloud Tools
Cloud Tools

The plugin can interact with the pom.xml file of the Maven framework. Cloud Tools adds missing client libraries to the file, writes Bill of Materials (BOM) to avoid version conflicts, identifies and processes configuration errors.

At the end of July 2018, JetBrains developers released version 2018.2 of the IntelliJ IDEA development environment, adding support for Java 11, Groovy 2.5 and 3.0.

Oracle to Announce Java SE 11 & Java Development Kit 11

As reported, support for Java 8 will end in December 2020, and Java 10 won't receive any updates
27 September 2018   435

Oracle developers announced the release of the Java 11 standard and its implementation of the JDK (Java Development Kit) with a long support period up to 2026. It is fully compatible with previous versions. Support for Java 8 will end in December 2020, and Java 10 won't receive any updates.

New in Java SE 11

  • Nest-Based Access Control system implemented
  • The .class format is complemented by the support for the CONSTANT_Dynamic forms, which are loaded by the creation of constants to the bootstrap method.
  • Added support for the latest version of the transport layer security protocol - TLS 1.3. It accelerates the loading of mobile web pages, and also filters out old, vulnerable cryptographic primitives, replacing them with more complex encryption algorithms.
  • Standardized support for the HTTP Client API, introduced in the Java 9 incubator.
  • Epsilon garbage collector is launched in a test mode.
  • The Java EE and CORBA modules are removed from the JDK and the Java SE platform, and the Nashorn engine and the Pack200 tools are declared obsolete.
  • The JavaFX module is excluded from the kernel and is shipped separately.
  • Existing APIs are updated to support the Unicode 10 format.
  • Added tools for streaming low-level data on errors and problems.
  • Added the ability to run single-file programs that contain the source code.

More information about the changes can be found on the Release Notes page of JDK 11.

The previous, intermediate version of the standard and JDK 10 came out in March 2018. A set of development tools has received three new variants of Java virtual machines, the sharing of application classes and the support of the experimental Just-in-Time compiler on Linux / x64.