Geertjan's Blog

  • October 17, 2015

NetBeans IDE 8.1 RC2 & NetBeans Team Need YOU

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
We're really excited about the upcoming NetBeans IDE 8.1 release. A whole bunch of features, especially in the shiny jazzy area of JavaScript, especially Node.js support for the first time, will be available in the ultra lightweight (assuming you're not using the "All" distribution, but the one you actually need) NetBeans IDE 8.1.

However, we, that is, the NetBeans community, all over the world, need YOU, yes, YOU, the person that is right now reading these words, to try out the latest NetBeans IDE release candidate...


...and provide feedback, very specifically here:


A bunch of feedback is coming in via a variety of channels already, such as this really nice thread, read it to see a whole bunch of enthusiasm in one place:


Again, please download NetBeans IDE 8.1 RC 2, take it for a spin, do your great coding work with it, and then go to the survey above and tell the NetBeans Team what's working for you and what's still broken.

And what about ECMAScript 6? Indeed, everyone is asking about that and I agree that this is the biggest missing NetBeans feature at this stage. However, should the TypeScript support that has been open sourced by our amazing and surprising NetBeans partner Everlaw not be exactly what you're looking for?

Yes/No? Comments at the end of this blog entry are welcome, we are certainly working on ECMAScript, as we speak, as I type, though consider whether what Everlaw has provided, and continues to be working on, may not actually be what's needed!

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Comments ( 5 )
  • guest Saturday, October 17, 2015

    thanks for your effort.

    in my Linux+NetBeans environment, adds

    @ActionReference(path = "Loaders/folder/any/Actions", position = 260),

    into dlight.terminal/src/org/netbeans/modules/dlight/terminal/action/OpenInTerminalAction.java for @ActionReferences is really helpful to develop some node.js applications. it allows to open terminal to use npm & bower commands freely.

    and need some treat to ECT template engine(http://ectjs.com/) for Express.js like

    - file extension registration

    - mimetype

  • Brian Monday, October 19, 2015

    Kotlin has been in development for some years now and as all will know is due for initial release soon. If Kotlin proves to be as good as it looks, future suport in Netbeans would be great,

  • wanmifam Wednesday, October 21, 2015

    I love Netbeans!

    But I don't like the image: https://blogs.oracle.com/geertjan/resource/we-need-you.png

  • Dawn Friday, October 23, 2015

    Hiya, I've been using 8.1 RC2 a few days now for a Maven/Spring project on Win 8.1, Java 8.60. It's great, fast, etc. however has "locked up" 3 or 4 times now requiring a task manager kill... Not sure how to report this.

  • vankata Wednesday, October 28, 2015

    I would like to have the ability to run custom URL from netbeans when i am developing front end part for our company. currently i have to create php project with existing source in order to use that functionality. If i use html5 project option netbeans adds http://localhost:PORT in front of my custom url which is not helping!

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