Core Plan 7.2 (Extended Platform team's plan)

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  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Limited export of passwords: #171900
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png More annotations for common APIs: [MoreDeclarativeRegistrationUsingAnnotations]
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Enable quick search in Outline View #110686
  • *TBD* Allow reload Network Proxy Setting in running IDE session - #148534


  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png improved Windows 7 support - #178273 - producing 64-bit launcher
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png performance - #196075 - separation of cachedir and the rest of userdir into to paths by default (a followup to --cachedir option introduced in 7.1)
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Cleanup of Options categories (Misc, Java) - #200878


  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Improve handling licenses in Plugin Manager #200765
  • Enhance Autoupdate API to allow listening on build cache/search/install
  • Ability for a feature to depend on another feature? (#205998)
  • Allow to install a OSGi bundle manually via Plugin Manager


  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Debugger does not work while scanning #202573
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Add code-completion to breakpoint dialogs
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Enable/disable breakpoints from other breakpoints
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png "List view" in Variables and Watches. In the form of <variable> = <value>
  • Nice to have: show bytecode when debugging without sources. A possibility of adding support for decompilers can be considered. (~3-4w)

Visual Debugger

  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Zoom of the application snapshot
  • Allow to define a shortcut that will start/stop logging of events. (1d)
  • Incorporate suggestions and corrections to visual debugger functionality by users
  • Nice to have: Visual debugging functionality on the real application (not on a snapshot).


Versionings and Bugtrackings

  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png SVN 1.7 supported by new version of SvnKit
  • Efficient and scalable bugtracking API
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Redesign search history - Spec
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png VCS history in editor tab - #201708
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Git API public
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Mercurial Queues - use cases
  • Enhance annotation/blame bar in editor - #202314
  • Allow diffing against any revision - #189273

Unit Tests

  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png TestNG support next to the existing JUnit support


Broad areas of possible improvements:

  • better POM fidelity: generated source root detection, JUnit config for CoS, etc.
  • more GUI controls for changes to POM
  • enhanced editor hints, templates, completion, etc. for pom.xml
  • workflow tools: releasing components, preparing custom patches, upload JAR
  • converting non-Maven sources (e.g. NB Ant-based projects)
  • more complete NBM development support
  • multimodule dependency visualization (graphic and/or DSM)
  • in-VM agent for (3.0.3+) builds to permit better output display, possibly supporting multithreaded builds with multiple output tabs
  • (re-)consider arranging templates in New Project by technology rather than segregating Maven
  • "blacklist" Java usages of too-new JDK features (acc. to Animal Sniffer plugin), undeclared (indirect) dependencies, unexported packages (NBM/OSGi)

Window System

  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Show close buttons in editor list drop-down menu
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Show non-document windows when switching between windows using CTRL+TAB keyboard shortcut.
  • Image:yes_EditorPlan68.png Rewrite UI for multi-view tabs - allow tabs to be placed at the bottom, add drop down menu if there are too many tabs to fit the screen, allow custom UI for the multiview tabs.
  • Rewrite main menu bar - show some visual feedback that menu is loading instead of populating it with fake actions and replacing them with real ones when finally loaded.
  • Toolbar overflow - if toolbar is too wide to fit to the screen, show additional buttons in some sort of drop down menu.
  • Editor splitting - same functionality as JDeveloper has
  • Visual editor for window layout
  • More eye candy when dragging windows - better visual feedback when dragging a group of windows. Better reordering or editor windows (see Firefox tabs reordering)
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