What is the difference between Aurora and Ariadna?

Hi all,

Sorry if this is a duplicate post but I wasnt able to find information on
google / www.intellij.* as to tell me the difference between the two build
names.

All I can tell is that Aurora projects generally have 8xx build number and
Ariadna have 7xx ... but both seem defined as the "latest release". The
closest suggestion that I can derrive is that Ariadna is better for OS-X and
Aurora for Windows / Linux usage.

PS: I use IDEA on both Windows and OS-X

Any help in this matter would be most appreciated (documentation somewhere
on the EAP website may be helpful),


--
Dan Hardiker
ADAM Software & Systems Engineer
eOrigen
Hi all,

Sorry if this is a duplicate post but I wasnt able to find information on
google / www.intellij.* as to tell me the difference between the two build
names.

All I can tell is that Aurora projects generally have 8xx build number and
Ariadna have 7xx ... but both seem defined as the "latest release". The
closest suggestion that I can derrive is that Ariadna is better for OS-X and
Aurora for Windows / Linux usage.

PS: I use IDEA on both Windows and OS-X

Any help in this matter would be most appreciated (documentation somewhere
on the EAP website may be helpful),


--
Dan Hardiker
ADAM Software & Systems Engineer
eOrigen


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Ariadna is the name of the latest RELEASED version branch. It's what you would pay for.

Aurora is an EARLY ACCESS for the next version of Idea. It has many enhancements over
Ariadna, and I find it pretty usable, but now and then there are buggy builds.

HTH,
Dimiter

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Aurora is the eap (early release project) of the next version of idea.

Currently in alpha stage (lot of bugs, usable by many, unusable by some).

See:

http://www.intellij.net/eap/
http://www.intellij.net/eap/products/idea/aurora.jsp
http://www.intellij.net/eap/products/idea/changes.jsp



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Dan Hardiker wrote:

Hi all,

Sorry if this is a duplicate post but I wasnt able to find information on
google / www.intellij.* as to tell me the difference between the two build
names.

All I can tell is that Aurora projects generally have 8xx build number and
Ariadna have 7xx ... but both seem defined as the "latest release". The
closest suggestion that I can derrive is that Ariadna is better for OS-X and
Aurora for Windows / Linux usage.


Ariadna was the codename of Idea 3.0 and the build were 6xx and 7xx if I
remember well) and Aurora is the beta of the next version of Idea and
the build are 8xx

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Dan Hardiker wrote:

Hi all,

Sorry if this is a duplicate post but I wasnt able to find information on
google / www.intellij.* as to tell me the difference between the two build
names.

All I can tell is that Aurora projects generally have 8xx build number and
Ariadna have 7xx ... but both seem defined as the "latest release". The
closest suggestion that I can derrive is that Ariadna is better for OS-X and
Aurora for Windows / Linux usage.

PS: I use IDEA on both Windows and OS-X

Any help in this matter would be most appreciated (documentation somewhere
on the EAP website may be helpful),


Aurora (build 8xx) is a EAP version of next release of IntelliJ IDEA.
8xx builds are not stable and potentially have errors.

Best regards,
Vladimir Kondratyev
_____________________
JetBrains

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It may be helpful to see things in a picture. I'm too lazy to make one myself, so I'll hijack something from the Mozilla project (an open source browser):

http://www.mozilla.org/roadmap/branching-2003-06-24.png

As you can see, the development of the mozilla is branched at 1.4. That version is for general consumption and is considered stable. Bugs and security problems will be fixed, but no new features will be added. Meanwhile, the developers start working on a new version which will incorporate new features and new bugs. They release an alpha and beta for masochists to test, just like we can use the EAP versions of IDEA.

As for IDEA, the 7xx numbers are for bug-fixes to IDEA 3.0, the current stable branch. The 8xx builds will eventually turn into IDEA 4.0. Currently, they are highly unstable and I wouldn't recommend them to a newcomer. Later in the development cycle, the 8xx builds (or 9xx builds at this rate) will become more stable and useable. At some point you may want to switch to use the new features, but you'll probably know when that is a good idea after you have used IDEA for a while and read this forum now and then. Currently, it's better to focus on learning IDEA without too many bugs confusing you.

My advice to you is to download the latest release from the homepage or IDEA 706 (RC 3.0.5) from the EAP page. The latter should be pretty stable too.

Happy coding ;)

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