Typesafe Activator 1.3.0 released: Contains new sbt server and UI

February 25, 2015

Ten months ago we posted about architectural changes to Typesafe Activator. After a few a lot of yak shaves, side projects, and detours, we have Activator 1.3.0 based on sbt server, a new setup where multiple clients can share the same instance of sbt. sbt server is also available in ABI-stable protocol-stable form for other clients (IDEs, command line, desktop status icon, whatever you can think of) to try out.


Typesafe Activator, What *is* it? (and why should I care?)

A curious thing. At training events, hackathons and any chance I get I have started asking people what they think of Activator. There are a range of different answers, usually followed by questions once the subject has been broached.

The questions are varied, but over a large enough sample size, surprisingly consistent. It seems that Activator is a fairly misunderstood tool, and it’s not just me who noticed. This blog post will attempt to address those frequently asked questions and even if it doesn’t convince you that Activator is your new best friend, at least you might consider keeping it in your toolbox.


Preview of upcoming sbt 1.0 features: Read about the new plugins

Times are exciting for sbt. With the current push towards 1.0, it will see massive improvements to promote our core tenets of automation, interaction and integration. The two big-hitter features for 1.0 are auto plugins and "sbt as a build server."

Over the coming months, the sbt team will be releasing previews of these features against the current sbt 0.13 codebase.   We hope to elicit feedback as well as promote the new designs, ideals and features before solidifying the sbt 1.0.