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NetBeans IDE Adds Support for JDK 7 Developer Preview, HTML5 Editing

Version 7.0 of NetBeans integrated development environment (IDE) is now available. This free, open-source tool supports development of desktop, enterprise, mobile, and Web applications with Java, PHP, JavaScript and Ajax, Groovy and Grails, and C/C++. It's available for Mac OS X, Windows, Solaris, and Linux.

The new version of NetBeans IDE, formally released last week, introduces support for the JDK 7 Developer Preview. It also includes improved support for Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 3.1, and Oracle Database, along with added support for Apache Maven 3 and HTML5.

Key features of NetBeans IDE 7.0 include:

  • Support for JDK 7, including editor enhancements such as code completion and hints, improved visual customizer for GridBayLayout, support for remotely hosted Javadoc, and integration with JUnit 4.8.2;
  • Improved support for CDI, REST services, Java Persistence, and Bean Validation;
  • Support for Apache Maven 3, which is bundled with the IDE;
  • Improved support for Oracle WebLogic Server 11g, including faster deployment, new server runtime node displaying deployed applications and resources, and JavaServer Faces integration with server libraries;
  • Improved support for GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 3.1, including domain restart and log viewer for remote GlassFish Server instances, and ability to enable and disable deployed applications;
  • Oracle Database improvements, such as editing and deployment of stored procedures, simplified connection wizard, and guided installation to JDBC driver;
  • Support for HTML5 editing in the HTML editor and improved HTML code validation;
  • PHP rename refactoring, safe delete refactoring, and support for aliases in PHP 5.3;
  • Line wrapping;
  • Improved detection of external changes, including native file system listening;
  • Updated support for C/C++, including remote file system browsing, running and debugging of library projects, enhanced templates and specializations;
  • Support for GIT 1.7.x version control system; and
  • Additional enhancements as described on the NetBeans IDE New and Noteworthy page.

NetBeans IDE 7.0 is available to download for free. Further information about NetBeans IDE 7.0 can be found here.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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