Monday Jun 09, 2008

Introducing NetBeans for PHP

Hello! This is a blog of the team that works on the PHP development support in NetBeans.

It has been known for a while that NetBeans was no longer just a "Java IDE". There is now support for C/C++ and Ruby/JRuby, NB 6.1 introduced some advanced JavaScript editing features, support for Python, Scala and Erlang are under development... And we are not forgetting about PHP!

Early Access of the NetBeans IDE for PHP was released at the end of April along with NetBeans 6.1, but we haven't found much time to blog about it yet. The team has been busy working on new features that will be available in the final release later this year. Fortunately, others mentioned the early bits and some others noticed, blogged, and even had some nice words about it.

The feedback we have received so far has been very encouraging and we want more of it. After all, the whole point of doing an early access release is to get feedback from the real users. No, it doesn't have to be all positive. In fact, there are a number of areas that need improvement and we realize it. So, constructive criticism, feature ideas and enhancement requests, bug reports... all that stuff is welcome!

Therefore, if you are a PHP developer, no matter how experienced, we would love to hear from you. If you like experimenting and don't mind some rough edges, we would like you to consider giving NetBeans for PHP a try. Either you can download the Early Access bits, or, if you want the latest greatest (and likely less stable), you can try the latest development builds. And if you want to share your observations and ideas, feel free to leave comments in this blog, join the users at php dot netbeans dot org mailing list, or submit your requests and ideas via our bug tracking system. More information on PHP support in NetBeans can be found at php.netbeans.org.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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