Planning features for NetBeans next
By Petr on Nov 25, 2009
We are now planning features for NetBeans 6.9, which will be probably the next version of our IDE. There are tons of things, which can be done in editors and other areas that are needed for the web development. From the PHP developer point of view we plan mainly improvements in the PHP editor and create a support for Zend Framework and also Cake PHP framework.
My goal now is to evaluate possible features that can help in the web developer workflow. I would like to ask you, what could help you to make your web developer life easier. Forget on editor features, debugger or a framework support. These are different areas.
I'm mainly interested in features like an integration NetBeans with Firefox - Firebug. For example I use Firebug for "tuning" css and html, because it allows to change the code directly in Firefox and see the result instantly. Unfortunately there is no way how to save these changes back to the sources. If there will be a plugin, which can communicate with NetBeans, then there is bigger chance to save these changes. Sure it can not work in 100% cases, but still can be useful.
Also I have heard a requirement about refreshing a page in Firefox on save in NetBeans. I'm not sure how much people want this, because in this case there should be a mapping between the URL and the file. Or sometimes our users complain that always new tab is open, when they run project or a file. With such integration it would be possible that NetBeans will be able to work only with one tab in Firefox. Or integrate few features from YSlow directly in NetBeans.
I don't want to express here everything what is in my head. It would be better to here it from you. What will be useful for you? Please, mentioned the things, which can significantly simplify the workflow and save your time.
Thanks for your time.