JetBrains reveals Fleet Editor, its response to Visual Studio Code

JetBrains is the developer of the IntelliJ platform, which powers Android Studio, IntelliJ IDEA Ultimate, PyCharm Professional, GoLand, PhpStorm, and other IDEs. However, IDEs are great applications and can be overkill for simpler projects. JetBrains has now unveiled its new lightweight editor, Fleet, which is designed to be modular and compatible with just about anything.

Fleet is billed as a lighter “next-gen IDE”, in the same way that Microsoft created Visual Studio code as a lighter alternative to Visual Studio. JetBrains said in his blog post, “Fleet is a different experience for those who sometimes just want an editor but also a full-fledged IDE, those who want to use a single tool rather than specialized tools, and of course for certain scenarios that some of our existing IDEs can do. not meeting the needs of distributed development.

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JetBrains says Fleet works with Java, Kotlin, Python, Go, JavaScript, Rust, TypeScript, and JSON. The company also plans to add support for PHP, C ++, C #, and HTML. There’s also a built-in terminal (which can be shared in collaborative sessions), Maven and Gradle support for Java projects, Git integration, themes, and port forwarding for remote machines. The desktop version will be available for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

The fleet is built as a modular frame, with the front-end (what you see), the back-end (indexing, crawling, browsing, advanced search, etc.) and the file system functioning as separate components. JetBrains says it will help Fleet operate in many different environments, from a simple local application to a cloud-based web service.

JetBrains Fleet sounds comparable to Visual Studio Code, which also supports multiple languages, remote sessions, themes, and collaborative editing. Microsoft has also just rolled out the first version of the web-based Visual Studio code editor. The competition is still good, however, and that could help encourage Microsoft to continue improving Visual Studio Code.

JetBrains Fleet is not yet accessible to the public, but you can register for the preview on the company’s website.

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