IntelliJ Updates UI
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Thursday, 30 March 2023

The latest update to IntelliJ IDEA has been released by JetBrains, with improvements including an updated UI, faster Maven imports and background commit checks.

IntelliJ IDEA is a well-known Java IDE for web, desktop and mobile development, and the updated version is part of the regular update cycle.

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The first obvious change is the UI which has been updated with a new Compact Mode that is designed to provide a more consolidated look and feel of the IDE. There's also an option to vertically split the tool window area (which was in the previous UI but had been absent from the new version), and a reworked Run widget.

The IntelliJ team says they've notably improved the IDE's performance in importing Maven projects by optimizing dependency resolution as well as reworking the processes behind importing and configuring facets.

Background commit checks are another enhancement, thanks to reworking of the behavior of commit checks for Git and Mercurial to speed up the overall commit process. Checks are now performed in the background after you commit but before you push.

Other improvements include earlier availability of IDE features on project opening, which has been achieved by performing the scanning files to index process in smart mode. When opening a project, IntelliJ IDEA 2023.1 uses existing caches from your previous session with the project and simultaneously looks for files to index. If no changes are found in the scan, the IDE will be ready, eliminating the delays that were previously caused by indexing on startup.

A final improvement is a better way to see what security rules are applied. This is a feature of the Ultimate version of IntelliJ which now has easy navigation to security matchers from Spring controllers. The navigation works both from security matchers to controllers and vice versa.

IntelliJ IDEA 2023.1 is available now.

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More Information

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