Monday Oct 20, 2008

Happy 10th Birthday NetBeans!

NetBeans Sin 1998Sun and the NetBeans community kick off a week-long celebration of 10 years of NetBeans. Since 1998, NetBeans has grown from a student project into an award-winning open source IDE with an active and diverse following of software developers, students, instructors, and partners. In addition to highlighting key milestones and individuals, this week, community members can participate in the NetBeans Decathlon- ten interactive activities around the NetBeans project where users can enter for a chance to win prizes!

A Brief History of NetBeans

Originally called Xelfi as a student project, the goal was to write a Delphi-like Java IDE using Java technology itself. Attracting students and recent graduates in the Czech Republic, a company was formed to take the project from the academic world to the commercial one. The original business plan called for the development of network-enabled JavaBeans components. Jarda Tulach, who designed the IDE's basic architecture, came up with the name NetBeans to describe what they would do. The IDE would provide the best tooling for these components, and thus, the name NetBeans was coined.  Incidentally, when the specification for Enterprise Java Beans came out, it made more sense to work with the standard for such components than to compete with it - but the name stuck.

In the 1999, the effort gained interest from commercial vendors, including Sun Microsystems who eventually purchased the company, renamed the commercial tool to Forte for Java and open sourced the IDE as NetBeans. Turning out to be one of the first of many Sun sponsored open source projects, was launched in 2000.

NetBeans Today

Initially developed as an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for Java language development 10 years ago, the upcoming release of NetBeans IDE 6.5 incorporates next-generation tooling for PHP, Ruby on Rails, Groovy on Grails, C/C++, and AJAX development as well. Boasting well more than 7 million downloads annually and hundreds of partners, NetBeans is now a large, vibrant, community.

Take a retrospective tour, do the NetBeans Decathlon, and help us look forward to another decade of developer innovation!  For more information, please visit the NetBeans Birthday Site.

Happy Birthday NetBeans!

Wednesday Jul 30, 2008

Sun Studio Express 07/08 is ready for prime time

Sun Studio Main

The Sun Studio Express 07/08 release is now available. The Sun Studio Express program provides preview builds of C/C++/Fortran Compilers and tools, this latest release contains support for OpenMP 3.0 APIs which offers developers a more general approach to multi-threaded programming with task queuing. This release also integrates with Sun HPC Cluster Tools and provides support for performance analysis of MPI applications. Based on the NetBeans 6.1 IDE, developing parallel applications for the multi-core era has never been easier!

Download your free copy of Sun Studio here.

In addition, check out Kuldip Oberoi and Josh Simons' blogs to find out more information about Sun Studio. 

Tuesday Jul 08, 2008

JDK 6 Update 7 Available Today -- Includes Java VisualVM and VisualVM 1.0

Sun is announcing Java VisualVM, a new GUI-based tool for troubleshooting Java applications. Available as part of JavaSE 6 Update 7 (available today) VisualVM incorporates various technologies, including: jvmstat, Java Management Extensions (JMX), and the NetBeans profiler, in order to provide a unified easy-to-use visual diagnostic tool for both development and production environments.

There is a public API for building extensions to Java VisualVM that allows developers to easily create their own tools for solving monitoring and performance problems. Check out the Get Started Extending VisualVM Tutorial. A central repository is available for developers who wish to share their Java VisualVM extensions with the entire Java community.

For more information, visit the Java VisualVM documentation or Geertjan  and  Luis-Miguel offer more information about VisualVM on their blogs.

Friday Oct 26, 2007

NetBeans v6.0 Beta 2 is now dual-licensed: GPL and CDDL

Talk about making things happen in internet time -- the NetBeans Community on Monday released its latest build of the NetBeans 6.0 Beta 2 and announced the widely popular Java-based IDE is now dual-licensed under GPL v2 with ClassPath exception, in addition to the CDDL license.

The community believes that releasing NetBeans under the GPL license will help align NetBeans with the Linux community and major open source projects. By making it easier to share NetBeans code and innovations with other projects, it will promote a stronger open source Java ecosystem, as discussed by Bruno Souza, the NetBeans Community Manager and one of our favorite Brazilian Java Evangelist. Bruno Souza

For more details check out the FAQ.

And if that isn't enough excitement for the day, we've got more. The NetBeans plug-in module for DTrace is also available. The NetBeans DTrace plug-in module is a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for running DTrace scripts. The DTrace plug-in module works with Sun Studio 12 IDE, NetBeans IDE 5.5.1 and NetBeans 6.0 Beta 2.

 Photo courtesy of Duncan Davidson.

Sunday Jun 24, 2007 plug-in module for NetBeans

A new plug-in module for NetBeans is now available. This new OO.o plug-in helps developers to create, build, deploy and debug extensions and client applications fairly easily.

In this Netbeans Magazine article, Kay Koll goes in length to describe how this plug-in facilitates the tasks mentioned above.

PC Magazine in Germany has published an article about Java programming with where they explicitly use Netbeans 5.5 with the OO.o PlugIn. The article is available in German only.


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