Refactoring helps to move towards cleaner code that is easier to understand and maintain. It takes practice and experience to recognise code smells: symptoms of bad design which indicate deeper problems in the code. Tools can be helpful to refactor in small steps and prevent breaking the code.
As previously announced, JetBrains has launched the Toolbox, a collection of their desktop tools –IDEs, utilities and extensions – using the new subscription model which basically means paying monthly or yearly instead of one upfront payment.
JetBrains upset a lot of users when it announced it was planning to move to a subscription based model. After taking some time to reconsider and review user feedback, they have provided updated terms intended to address the most common complaints.
JetBrains, publisher of IntelliJ IDEA and ReSharper, among others, has announced sweeping changes to its licensing practices. Under these new changes, all of their developer based tools will be switching to a subscription based model, requiring continuous payment in order to be used.
JetBrains has announced new RTM versions for their .NET tools, including ReSharper 9, dotTrace 6, dotCover 3, dotMemory 4.2, dotPeek 1.3 and TeamCity Add-in 9.0. JetBrains has created a single installer and platform for these tools. When attempting to install ReSharper, developers are presented with the option to install other .NET tools which will share the platform.
JetBrains has released CLion EAP, a new IntelliJ-based IDE for C and C++. The IDE comes with Code Completion, Code Generation (for constructors, getters/setters or methods), Intention Actions, Quick Fixes, Refactoring, Project Search and Code Navigation. They also want to bring ReSharper to Visual Studio C++.
The recently released ReSharper 8.0 includes support for Visual tudio 2013, XAML, Blue Theme first, IntelliSense, multifile templates including a command line tool, CSS improvements and several bug fixes.
The code coverage utility dotCover 2.0 now includes an integrated unit test runner, rather than requiring ReSharper to run tests. It has been updated to support Visual Studio 2012 RC, and includes new attribute filters.
ReSharper 6.1 promises to alleviate many performance problems with ReSharper 6 in Visual Studio 2010. In addition to bugfixes, the pre-release includes new features such as the async/await keywords, an updated settings engine, and experimental support for Visual Studio 11.