Building on the momentum

NetBeans has momentum. The relentless innovation has been paying off.
While staying true to Java developers, recent innovations in NetBeans IDE broaden its support for dynamic languages including Ruby, JavaScript, and now PHP.
NetBeans is poised to be the IDE of choice for next-generation web developers.

What is on tap in this release? Lot's, here are some of the highlights:

  • JavaScript
    • Support makes NetBeans an even more compelling IDE for web development. Strengths include editor support, refactoring, and quick fixes/semantic checks.
    •  Makes use of the powerful infrastructure implemented for Ruby support that's been so well received by the community.
    • Debugger support will be available on update center as a preview.
  • Web Services
    • NetBeans makes it easily to create mashups and provides drag-and-drop code generation.
    • Supports web APIs such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and YouTube
    • 6.1 includes support for RESTful web services.
    • SOAP UI plug-in available at update center (for testing web services)
  • Databases
    • MySQL Support in Database Explorer makes it easy to create DBs and launch MySQL administrative tools.
    • JSF CRUD Generator lets you generate a CRUD application from a DB schema.
  • Ruby/JRuby
    • Continues to be a priority for NetBeans community.
    • Google “NetBeans Ruby” and take a look at the positive results (you can say that)
    • Enhancements in 6.1 include:
      • Ruby platform manager
      • Support for Rails 2.0
      • New hints and quick fixes in the editor
  • Performance Enhancements (making a fast IDE even faster)
    • Up to 40 percent faster startup
    • Smarter parsing so that code completion is faster.
    • Less memory consumption
  • Other highlights:
    • Sailfin v1 support (SIP application server based on project Glassfish - NetBeans 6.1 now bundles GlassFish v2 ur2)
    • WebSphere 6.0 and 6.1 now supported out of the box
    • Spring framework (version 2.5) now supported out of the box
    • Groovy and Grails plug-ins are now available on the update center
    • Hibernate framework plug-in (this blog has more details) is now available on the update center
    • Axis2 plug-in is now available on the update center
    • Clearcase plug-in now available on the update center
Comments:

NB is looking sweet... rock on!

Posted by JavaFXGal on May 01, 2008 at 03:02 PM PDT #

You might want to double-check on the Groovy/Grails plugin. Although a lot of people would like to be using it in NetBeans 6.1, it seems it's not available.

Posted by Kevin Slater on May 02, 2008 at 03:29 AM PDT #

Yeah, on the Groovy & Grails plugin, I still have to use the 6.1 RC2, as that is the version where the Groovy / Grails plugin still works, and I have all niceties of 6.1.

Posted by Alex Kotchnev on May 02, 2008 at 01:29 PM PDT #

Dont forget you can have minified Javascript in the web builds too,check this out http://nnbs.blogspot.com

Posted by Neil Hathaway on June 26, 2008 at 05:05 PM PDT #

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