Use Maven? You'll Love NetBeans IDE 6.7!

During the time I spent doing demos at the NetBeans Booth during JavaOne, each and every Maven user I spoke to was amazed when I showed them this:

That POM dependency graph feature is part of NetBeans IDE 6.7. And how much does it cost? Nothing at all. "And that's a pretty good price," someone told me when I showed them the above...

In other news. Click here to listen to a 20 minute radio show at JavaOne where Tori Wieldt interviews me about upcoming features in NetBeans IDE 6.7.


Excellent :D

Posted by Varun Nischal on June 15, 2009 at 03:49 AM PDT #

While this is very impressive, it is surprising that so many people have not seen this before, since this functionality has been available in the two Eclipse Maven plugins for some time now.

Posted by Ken Liu on June 16, 2009 at 11:23 AM PDT #

what is the target date for netbeans6.7 release?

Posted by Soma on June 16, 2009 at 02:38 PM PDT #

That shows how limited and broken Maven's dependency management is - you even need graphical tools to find all the transitive /§&"( going on behind the scenes ;-)

Posted by Yann Cébron on June 16, 2009 at 04:38 PM PDT #

@Yann: what alternative do you suggest then?

Posted by Jean-Marc Borer on June 16, 2009 at 06:05 PM PDT #

It would be nice, they add some kind of autolayout feature for the graph.

Posted by Jean-Marc Borer on June 16, 2009 at 06:07 PM PDT #

I switch to netbeans after they have jetty:run support. Right now it slows down development since class are not copied to /target/class so jetty can do auto reloads.

Not fixing this issue

until 6.8 adds some what a suck factor to netbeans for now.

Posted by Matt P on June 23, 2009 at 07:21 AM PDT #

Well I don't love it... I had to get back to 6.5.1, since for some reason the editor wasn't aware of the dependencies, so the code-completion didn't work...

Posted by caente on July 01, 2009 at 06:21 AM PDT #

caente, so when your car breaks down, you drive a different car? Or do you try to find out if there's something you can do to fix it? Why not write to the mailing list and find out?

Posted by Geertjan Wielenga on July 01, 2009 at 06:23 AM PDT #

You are totally right, the only reason why I haven't look for the solution is the lack of time... I found the problem a minute before I sent the comment, as you may see in the date.
I promise when I have more time I will do a little research, and if is a bug I will report it, is just that when the issue happened I recalled this post of yours :-)

Posted by caente on July 01, 2009 at 08:06 AM PDT #

BTW, you can't compare the cost of switching cars with switching netbeans versions... for netbeans I just closed the 6.7 and open the 6.5.1, since I have both installed and with the same configuration...

Posted by caente on July 01, 2009 at 08:24 AM PDT #

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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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