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JetBrains .NET Tools in 2005
In 2004, we entered the .NET market with the launch of ReSharper 1.0, and
what a tremendous ride it has been. ReSharper, once an unknown neophyte standing
in the large shadow of its big brother (JetBrains' Jave IDE IntelliJ IDEA),
is now carving out a niche for itself and becoming a star on its own accord
in the .NET universe. Sales are climbing, the industry has been very receptive
of our work, and the developer community is starting to take more notice
and contribute with helpful ideas: life is good.
However, 2004 was just the opening salvo in what promises to be a more determined
and intensified effort at bringing the same productivity enhancing and intelligent
development features to the .NET world that many Java developers continue
to experience with IntelliJ IDEA. So, what can everyone look forward to from
ReSharper in 2005?
For starters, ReSharper 1.5 is on the horizon. This plug-in for VS .NET 2003
is going to bring a lot of new refactorings to the table, including Extract
Interface, Extract Superclass, Introduce Field, Encapsulate Field, Copy Type,
Introduce Parameter, Convert Interface to Abstract Class, and Convert Abstract
Class to Interface. ReSharper 1.5 is going to be FREE to current customers
of ReSharper 1.0, so all you have to do is download, install, and you will
be ready to go. If you want to help speed up the launch date, join the ReSharper
1.5 EAP, put it to the test, report bugs, and help it ship by the end of
Download the EAP version
ReSharper for VS .NET 2005
While the final feature list is still under the surgeons knife so to speak,
ReSharper for VS .NET 2005 (tentatively called ReSharper 2.0) should be making
its debut about a month or so after the launch of Microsoft's Visual Studio
NET 2005. This version, naturally, will bring additional value to VS .NET
2005 in the same manner that ReSharper 1.x has done for VS .NET 2003.
More specifically, this version of ReSharper will also support VB.NET and
ASP.NET, along with C# 2.0 (including Generics and other new language constructs).
Therefore, if you are worried that VS .NET 2005 will lack some intelligence
features and refactorings, you can bet that ReSharper will be there to fill
in the gaps. Like ReSharper 1.5, current customers of ReSharper 1.0 will
upgrade for FREE. Additional feature specifics and details for ReSharper
for VS .NET 2005 will begin to appear after the launch of ReSharper 1.5.
NET IDE Forging Begins
Finally, those of you who have yet to hear the good news, we here at JetBrains
have begun to hammer out our own .NET IDE, tentatively lacking an official
name (we will have one soon, but if you have some suggestions, bring it to
our forums!). If you are familiar with our Java IDE IntelliJ IDEA, we are
going to be implementing many of the same navigation and usability features
from this IDE into our own .NET IDE. Users can look forward to close integrations
with VCS systems, industry leading refactoring support, powerful intelligence
features, and a whole lot more. However, the final feature list is still
under consideration, but you can start pushing for the features you would
like to see in the IDE in our USENET group
Once more about the .NET IDE becomes ready for public consumption, I will
be sure to pass it along to the rest of the community.
NET Profiler EAP Starts
The .NET industry will not just be getting fancy editing tools from us in
2005; we will also be launching a .NET Profiler (as a stand alone product).
While still under construction, I can say that it is scheduled to have CPU
profiling features to hunt down performance bottlenecks, with a later version
adding memory profiling features as well. You will have to give us a bit
more time before we can release a final feature list. However, if you don't
want to wait for it, and in fact, want to help shape the feature list yourself,
you can do so by participating in its Early Access Program
David Stennett / .NET Sales Executive, JetBrains.
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