The Home Stretch: NetBeans IDE 7.1 Release Candidate

NetBeans IDE 7.1 Release CandidateThe first release candidate build of NetBeans IDE 7.1 is live and available for download, which means the big release (GA) is expected any day soon.

NetBeans IDE 7.1 delivers support for JavaFX 2.0, enabling the full compile, debug and profile development cycle for JavaFX 2.0 applications and keeping developers in sync with the latest from the Java platform. Beyond JavaFX support, 7.1 also provides significant Swing GUI Builder enhancements, CSS3 support, and visual debugging tools for JavaFX and Swing user interfaces. And Git--a much anticipated featured--has been integrated into the IDE.

"The entire NetBeans team is tremendously excited about this release, which provides developers with more state-of-the-art tools for building front-end clients," says NetBeans Engineering Director John Jullion-Ceccarelli.

"Whether you are doing JavaFX, HTML5, Swing, or JSF, NetBeans 7.1 will let you quickly and easily develop great-looking and full-featured clients for your Java or PHP-based applications."

But there's one more task to check off before the general availability: The NetBeans team has launched a Community Acceptance Survey to get user feedback about the release candidate.

Download the RC build, test it and take the survey to let the team know if NetBeans IDE 7.1 is ready for its debut!
Comments:

It would be nice to see some Linux support. I don't use Windows very often anymore, so now I have to wait a whole year for the new JavaFX. I'd like to use it now, but I'm not interested in installing Windows onto any of my machines. I was always impressed with Java's ability to run on any platform, so I'm not quite sure what the barrier to entry is. You claim in your videos that OpenGL is supported for Mac/Linux and the Mac developer preview version is out, so sorry if I don't understand why I would have to wait almost a whole year. Is it really that much work to throw in a few GTK+/Qt bindings, or am I misunderstanding something more complex?

Posted by David on December 09, 2011 at 03:12 PM PST #

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