Fleet – Next Generation IDE: VSCode Alternative

JetBrains has started the first preview of Fleet, which describes functions out-of-the-box as a next-generation universal IDE that reinvents the software development experience. Fleet is built to be simple, light, and flexible, ready to use with no additional configuration.

Fleet IDE is “minimalist”.

Fleet IDE essential tools

At first, the white window was more than empty, with some government ballots closed. Not much work can be done until the library space opens. Once done, you can create and create loads, but a little more. Functionality like refactoring and code analysis is disabled.

If you press the smart button at the top right of the clause, the option “Finish, Post errors, Correct and verify” will appear.

JetBrains is well known for its intelligent Idea IDE for Java development and will continue to improve. Fleet aims to provide another insight into the IDE organization and act as a lightweight code editor. JetBrains states that it is not possible to deploy a fleet within the current product line without breaking the expectations of existing users.

Fleet: JetBrains attempts to provide a polyglot, lightweight IDE, including support for remote workspaces.

Fleet is a full-featured editor that provides functionality that you would expect in a code editor, such as syntax illustrated and code completion, as well as more advanced features like downloaders, smart completion, debugging support, and more.

If you want to turn your text editor into an IDE with a single click. Then, just turn on the smart mode when needed And smooth collaborative experience on the Cloud.

All the code processing and heavy operations are handled on the Cloud.

fleet IDE supported languages

Fleet currently supports Java, Kotlin, Go, Python, and Rust programming languages, with an even wider range of language support planned for the future.

The key reason what JetBrain IDE contains:

  • Backend – JetBrains designed Fleet as an alternative to IntelliJ that there the backend is a service that does indexing, static analysis, search and so on.
  • Fronted – here is the UI look which does basic file parsing. The workspace server sits in the middle, maintaining state in the frontend and calling backend services as needed. You can connect multiple frontends to one workspace.
  • FSDaemon – A Fleet component called Fleet Service Daemon is part of the workspace, runs where the source code is, and executes commands for running code, or running terminal commands, building a project.
fleet ide fronted & backend

It’s multi-platform — running on Linux, macOS, or Windows

JetBrains also provides a complete Fleet workspace server that runs on Linux. We tried it on WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) 2.0, using Ubuntu. The workspace server is an executable for our projects that accepts the path to a project as an argument and outputs a URL that points to a sends service on jetbrains.com, as well as a unique identifier.

VSCode IDE & Fleet IDE

Fleet is obviously a competitor to Visual Studio Code, which provides roughly the same set of features.

  • VSCode has a remote server that does most of the work when using VS Code in this mode
  • VS Code Live Share feature
  • vs code known for its plugins & Fleet will support them too.
  • if more than one developer opens the workspace, it is an instant collaboration environment. All developers are in effect sharing the same Fleet IDE.
  • The system is flexible and JetBrains says developers will be able to share their local session with others, or connect to Fleet running in a Docker container, or use cloud-hosted Fleet in future, though the current preview is early and limited, for example lacking authentication to remote sessions.

I Think Fleet IDE will give a good competition to VS Code Editor.

Now as Fleet IntelliJ offers remote development as a beta feature. The feature may be used from the IntelliJ IDEA Welcome screen, or alternatively by downloading the JetBrains Gateway via the Toolbox App. After installing an IDE backend and using a project on a remote machine, the experience for Fleet IDE is the same as working on a local machine.

Some shortcut keys for IntelliJ Fleet IDE:

  • Win+mouse or Ctrl+mouse – You can change the font size for all open tabs at once
  • Shift+Space – comletetion
  • Win+[ – Back
  • Shift+G – Add selection to next occurrence
  • Win+/ – complete line
shortkeys fleet ide

The IntelliJ IDEA Blog and the What’s New in IntelliJ IDEA 2021.3 page offer a full overview of all changes for this release.

Developers interested in trying Fleet JetBrain IDE can file a preview request to JetBrains under Fleet explorer program.

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