I am preparing a bigger flash presentation which will showcase many of the reasons why I think NetBeans is a great IDE. I'll be demonstrating features which are currently available, except for one exception - the Visual Web Pack which is currently not available yet.
Since I got several requests for more information about the Visual Web Pack, I thought I could share with you the work-in-progress flash demo of this pack. This functionality is also available from Java Studio Creator, so if you want to use it today, you can download Creator 2
As you may now we'll be introducing together with the 5.5 release technology preview of the Visual Web Pack, which will be a new NetBeans pack and you will be able to use it to design JSF pages in a visual way (someone called it Matisse for web applications). The planned date for the technology preview is October 30 - of course quality is most important so if quality criteria is not met, we might slip the date.
So for those who can't wait till October 30, you can take a look under the hood by watching this flash demo (no sound yet):
Flash demo of the upcoming Visual Web Pack
The full demo called "Why NetBeans" which will have 8 more such chapters including voice will be available during next week. And remember - you can use the functionality already today with Creator 2 if you can't wait for Visual Web Pack.