Tuesday Aug 12, 2008

Development Simplified: NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta is now Available!

NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta

With its goal of providing a superior environment that reduces development time, the NetBeans community is pleased to announce the availability of NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta. With simplified installation and configuration, this newest version includes enhancements and new features across all supported environments: Java technology, JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, C/C++, and now PHP.

With the NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta, PHP developers now have feature rich tooling, such as syntax highlighting, code completion, code generators, debugging, database wizards, and FTP support, but with the speed and simplicity of a text editor.

NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta also supports client-side JavaScript development with a first class editor, including CSS/HTML code completion, as well as the ability to debug JavaScript code within both Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer browser environments.

Java developers get a variety of new features that accelerate development- from Compile-on-Save and Deploy-on-Change to complete Hibernate support and improvements to the Database Explorer. In addition, NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta now supports Groovy, a dynamic language for the Java Virtual Machine that seamlessly integrates with existing Java objects and libraries, as well as the Grails web application framework.

MySQL logo

Jaspersoft Corporation, a NetBeans Strategic Partner and market leader in open source Business Intelligence solutions, has announced the full-production availability of the iReport plug-in for NetBeans, which allows developers to easily integrate business intelligence capabilities, such as graphical reports and dashboards, within their Java applications. Certified with NetBeans IDE 6.0 and NetBeans IDE 6.1, it also supports the NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta and can be downloaded here.

In addition, Jaspersoft announced that Jasper for MySQL, the MySQL OEM edition of the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite, has been upgraded to version 3. Jasper For MySQL is the optimized version of the Jaspersoft Business Intelligence Suite that Sun's database group has licensed for its OEM business. The new Jasper for MySQL v3 incorporates all of the new features and functions in Jaspersoft v3, which was announced earlier this summer and is specifically certified and packaged for the MySQL database.

Download your free, unrestricted, copy of NetBeans IDE 6.5 Beta today!

For more information, check out Kuldip Oberoi's blog to learn more about this beta release.

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.

Python/Jython Support Coming to NetBeans

Jython Ted Leung (Dynamic Languages & Tools Architect at Sun) and Frank Wierzbicki (Jython Project Lead working at Sun) today announced during the EuroPython 2008 conference, that the NetBeans IDE will be supporting Python and Jython in future releases. The latest release, NetBeans IDE 6.1, is already multilingual- supporting Java, C/C++, JavaScript, and Ruby/JRuby. By the way, the latest milestone build, NetBeans 6.5 M1, features support for PHP developers.

Check out Kuldip Oberoi's post to find out more. Python

More NetBeans news: the InfoWorld Test Center recently compared nine IDEs for Ruby on Rails development. The reviewer, Martin Heller, gave NetBeans 6.1 a score of 9.0 out of 10. With the highest score among all the IDEs compared, NetBeans earned the top honors.

Tuesday Jul 01, 2008

Sun Student Reviews Contest Winners Announced

This morning we announced the winners of the Sun Student Reviews Contest. Check out the winning submissions here -- those were excellent OpenSolaris and NetBeans reviews.

CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners!!!
Sun Student Reviews Contest Winners

Tuesday May 13, 2008

Student Contest on OpenSolaris and NetBeans

Hello Students...

A lot of you are already trying out OpenSolaris and NetBeans, and we wanted to make it a fun exercise for you... with cool prizes!

All you have to do is...

1. Download OpenSolaris 2008.5 OS and/or NetBeans IDE 6.1.
2. Test the product and post a review!
3. Submit the URL of the review.
4. Do it before June 6, 2008.

And you can win upto $250 in Visa Debit cards!

The details are in this blog post as well as in the main student reviews page.

Get going, folks...

Good Luck!


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