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<h1>Xtext 2.9 Release Candidate</h1>
<h4>Nov 11, 2015</h4>
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<p>A release candidate of the upcoming version of Xtext can now be tried and tested. <br />
The Eclipse plugins are available through the milestone update site:</p>
<p><a href="http://download.eclipse.org/modeling/tmf/xtext/updates/composite/milestones/">http://download.eclipse.org/modeling/tmf/xtext/updates/composite/milestones/</a></p>
<p>The IntelliJ IDEA Plugins are available through this repository URL:</p>
<p><a href="http://download.eclipse.org/modeling/tmf/xtext/idea/2.9.0.rc1/updatePlugins.xml">http://download.eclipse.org/modeling/tmf/xtext/idea/2.9.0.rc1/updatePlugins.xml</a></p>
<p>You need to add that URL as a repository in IDEA and choose all three plugins (org.eclipse.xtext, org.eclipse.xtext.xtext and org.eclipse.xtend),<br />
because IDEA doesn’t pull-in dependencies automatically.</p>
<h3 id="when-is-the-release">When Is The Release?</h3>
<p>If everything goes smoothly and noone reveals major issues in this release candidate (please try hard!), <br />
we hope to get out the release on <em>December 1st</em>.</p>
<h3 id="whats-new">What’s new?</h3>
<h4 id="intellij-idea-as-an-alternative-to-eclipse">IntelliJ IDEA As An Alternative To Eclipse</h4>
<p>In addition to the existing Eclipse integration, it is now possible to design languages entirely in IntelliJ IDEA, as well.<br />
Languages developed in Eclipse can target all available platforms (Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA (new), Web editors (new)) while when<br />
working in IDEA it is not possible to develop an Eclipse plug-in for you language. IDEA is just not so well suited for Eclipse Plug-in development.</p>
<p><em>Also note: This doesn’t mean we are dropping Eclipse support, nor are we going to think of that any time soon!</em></p>
<h4 id="headless-builds-for-xtext-projects">Headless Builds For Xtext Projects</h4>
<p>No matter what IDE you choose for development, or what target platforms for your language you want you’ll get a fully working build based on Maven and/or Gradle.<br />
So your Xtext projects can be built and published in any headless Java environment. That’s why one essentially really doesn’t need a particular<br />
tool to develop Xtext languages anymore. That said, it’s recommended to use them anyway :).</p>
<h4 id="new-project-wizard">New Project Wizard</h4>
<p>The new wizard runs in both Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA and lets you choose, whether you want to have <br />
editor support at all (yes you can just focus on the compiler) and what build-systems you prefer.</p>
<h4 id="web-support">Web Support</h4>
<p>One of two new target platforms is web editor support for Xtext languages. With Eclipse Orion, Ace, and Code Mirror, we already support three different JS editors.<br />
Each with a slightly different set of features and requirements. Check out <a href="http://spoenemann.blogspot.de/2015/05/editing-dsls-in-web-browser.html">Miro’s blog post</a> on how to give it a spin.</p>
<h4 id="language-editors-for-intellij-idea">Language Editors for IntelliJ IDEA</h4>
<p>The other new editor target platform is IntelliJ IDEA. We even developed a <a href="https://github.com/xtext/xtext-gradle-plugin/tree/master/xtext-idea-gradle-plugin">full gradle integration</a> to build, test and run<br />
the developed IDEA plugins.</p>
<h4 id="all-new-code-generator">All New Code Generator</h4>
<p>We finally managed to rewrite the old Xtext code generator entirely in Xtend.<br />
It’s now much simpler, faster and more convenient to use and more fun to maintain :).</p>
<h4 id="new-grammar-language-features">New Grammar Language Features</h4>
<p>The Xtext Grammar Language got some new features, to reduce redundancy in more complex grammars such as an ECMAScript 6 IDE<br />
we help a customer with. <a href="http://zarnekow.blogspot.de">Sebastian has written</a> about some of them.</p>
<h4 id="many-more-fixes-and-improvements">Many More Fixes And Improvements</h4>
<p>As if that wasn’t enough new stuff, we of course have also more than 200 issues on the go.<br />
The <a href="https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/buglist.cgi?bug_status=RESOLVED&amp;bug_status=VERIFIED&amp;bug_status=CLOSED&amp;f0=OP&amp;f1=OP&amp;f3=CP&amp;f4=CP&amp;j1=OR&amp;list_id=13155507&amp;query_format=advanced&amp;status_whiteboard=v2.9&amp;status_whiteboard_type=allwordssubstr">detailed list</a> can be found in our bug tracker.</p>
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