Wednesday Feb 26, 2014

Top 5 Features of NetBeans 8

The release candidate for NetBeans 8 is available.

The top 5 features of the release

  • Tools for Java 8 Technologies. Especially code analyzers and converters for moving to lambdas, functional operations, and method references, as well as one-click deployment and profiling for IoT, i.e., on embedded devices, such as Raspberry Pi.

  • Tools for Java EE Developers. Here the focus is on out of the box PrimeFaces application and artifact generators. End to end development of Java EE applications, from code generators to Java editor enhancements supporting PrimeFaces developers. In addition, there's TomEE support for the first time, and the new WildFly plugin by Red Hat guys.

  • Tools for Maven. Maven is really the key feature of NetBeans IDE, since it is the meeting point of so many different technologies and tools. No plugins needed in NetBeans IDE for this, just open the folder containing your POM and the IDE does the rest, defining the project in the IDE completely from your POM.

  • Tools for JavaScript. Lots of love for AngularJS in NetBeans 8, especially focused on connecting model, controller, and view classes with each other via code completion and hyperlinks.

  • Tools for HTML5. Grunt and Karma out of the box!

Also, many other enhancements, and new tools, for PHP developers and C/C++ developers too.

For more details, see The top 5 features of NetBeans IDE 8 on


Geertjan Wielenga (@geertjanw) is a Principal Product Manager in the Oracle Developer Tools group living & working in Amsterdam. He is a Java technology enthusiast, evangelist, trainer, speaker, and writer. He blogs here daily.

The focus of this blog is mostly on NetBeans (a development tool primarily for Java programmers), with an occasional reference to NetBeans, and sometimes diverging to topics relating to NetBeans. And then there are days when NetBeans is mentioned, just for a change.


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