With the release of NetBeans IDE 8.2, here are my favorite features!
- The Release Itself. It's always great to have a new release, a fresh start, new development environment, and to me a new release always feels faster and snappier than the last. Maybe because I simply hope this is the case or maybe because it simply is true. Well, with bunches of bugs fixed, and performance standards to comply with, a new NetBeans release should at least be as performant as the previous, and with the bugs fixed and so on, could justifiably be presumed to work even smoother and snappier than the previous release. So far, to me, it does feel even smoother and snappier than before.
- Multiple Cursor Support. I don't know how often I'm going to need to have multiple cursors, I can't imagine needing more than two at the same time. Still, great to have them, it certainly makes NetBeans even more fun and versatile, and, at the same time, this was one of the top P1 issues in NetBeans that users have been asking for for many years (and some even abandoned NetBeans specifically because of lack of multiple cursor support). So, hurray!
- Oracle JET Features. No more need to install a plugin to use Oracle JET. For the first time, Oracle JET is now a full feature of NetBeans IDE. The project templates, especially, "Quick Start Basic", and the code completion for Oracle JET components, are very helpful and it's great to not have to do anything special to get these features.
- Bling Bling. OK, so I'm not a heavy Docker user, nor do I use ECMAScript 6 (and even experimental ECMAScript 7) features right now. Still, though, it's great to have the latest cutting edgiest things, which really is just mostly bling bling for me, though nice to have available as needed when needed. :-)
- Darcula. I love the Darcula plugin and I use it all the time. While it's not available in the Plugin Manager right now, yet, for NetBeans IDE 8.2, you can go to the NetBeans Plugin Portal and just download the 8.1 version and it will work fine in 8.2: http://plugins.netbeans.org/plugin/62424/darcula-laf-for-netbeans. Not all the NetBeans IDE 8.1 plugins will work as simply as this, though some will, just give it a try.
Other features and complete list are here: https://netbeans.org/community/releases/82/.