IntelliJ IDEA 2019.3 Beta brings MongoDB, SpringBoot support, better performance


JetBrains has shot out a beta for the 2019.3 release of its IntelliJ IDEA dev environment. The firm says that all major changes debuted in early access previews have now been implemented, such as support for MongoDB and Spring Boot 2.2, and it is ready for users to test it out and share feedback.

The 2019.3 beta is the culmination of no fewer than eight early access preview (EAP) releases, with JetBrains stating that the focus for this release has been performance and quality. This release also includes all the changes from Android Studio 3.5.

MongoDB support appeared in EAP5, but it appears that this is still initial support for now, with JetBrains warning that only a limited number of MongoDB functions can be executed, with more functionality to be added in future releases.

Support for the Spring Boot 2.2 Java-based framework used to create microservices is now implemented, as well as a new Spring Boot tutorial which uses version 2.2.

Performance enhancements in the new beta include faster startup, and reduced peak memory consumption when importing a large Gradle project. JetBrains also promises Fewer UI freezes, which can only be a good thing.

A timeline for GitHub pull requests also debuted in one of the EAPs. This allows users to view the list of all pull requests in the project and browse through them to see the changes and their current status.

Other updates in the beta include improved Java 13 support, version control improvements, automatic configuration of imported Maven projects, the ability to change plugins without having to perform a restart, and support for Gradle 4.6 annotationProcessor dependency configuration.