After being in development for the past two years, the open-source KDevelop IDE (Integrated Development Environment) software has finally reached the 5.0 milestone.
Release highlights of KDevelop 5.0.0 include much-improved support for C/C++ language, which is now backed by the LLVM/Clang compiler for performing C and C++ code analysis, thus replacing the old custom C++ analysis engine used in previous releases of the software.
“Almost two years after the release of KDevelop 4.7, we are happy to announce the immediate availability of KDevelop 5.0,” reads the announcement. “Many important changes and refactorings were done for version 5.0, ensuring that KDevelop remains maintainable and easy to extend and improve over the next years.”
KDevelop for Microsoft Windows coming soon
In addition to the new features mentioned above, KDevelop 5.0.0 sports a revamped Welcome Page, various improvements to the built-in debugger, removal of the splash screen for a faster startup, as well as lots of under-the-hood enhancements and bug fixes to keep the application maintainable and easy to extend for years to come.
Another interesting change in KDevelop 5.0.0, which GNU/Linux users can download right now via our website as a universal AppImage binary or source package, is the fact that there might be support for the Microsoft Windows operating system in the near future, due to the fact that the app now uses the newest Qt 5 libraries. More details about the new features can be found in a lengthy, in-depth article by Kevin Funk.