What Features are Coming with New Java Editor Infrastructure?
By Roman Strobl on X 21, 2006
During next few weeks new infrastructure for java editor will be merged into trunk. This will be a big step forward for NetBeans. I sometimes hear people saying that they really like all features NetBeans provides and they make them very productive (e.g. Matisse, profiler, Java EE 5, etc.) but they think the editor needs to be improved. So the good news is that NetBeans developers have been working for many months on branch and they'll soon merge these new editing productivity-related features into the trunk.
Java editor developers wrote a nice document which describes many of the new features. I highly recommend to check it out.
So the new java/editor infrastructure will appear in Milestone 5 (coming before the end of this year). Milestone 4 of NB 6.0 which is going to appear soon will contain full Java EE 5 functionality, merged from 5.5 branch.
At the beginning some modules will be deactivated before they are rewritten to the new infrastructure. This is quite a significant change, so it may take a while before things stabilize, so don't judge the editor according to what you'll see in the early daily builds.
I am very excited about this... I'll prepare some cool flash demo for the editor, too. I've heard my colleagues praising the new editor... and this is in the early state when it's not stabilized yet and not fully featured. So I can't wait for 6.0!