NetBeans 6.9 - The Smart Way to Code

The final release of NetBeans IDE 6.9 is now available for download. The release includes many new features: see the feature overview and New and Noteworthy.  Some highlights:

• OSGi and Maven support.  Bundled Felix container and experimental Equinox support
• JavaFX Composer; additional editor support; additional palettes.
• Improved support for Java EE 6, including the latest GlassFish; support for Spring Framework 3.0.
• Improved PHP support (Petr's post) which was the #2 language in a recent Community Poll.

NetBeans 6.9 also has improved support for HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP Zend Framework, Ruby on Rails 3.0, C/C++, etc.

More in New and Noteworthy and in the Release Roadmap. More NB news here. The Oracle PR is here.

Added - Other news pieces on the release:

Comments:

When will we see better Python support in NetBeans? In particular, more intelligent autocomplete.

Posted by T.K. on June 16, 2010 at 12:57 AM PDT #

What we need now, is a Visual Editor for the Web development environment. Woodstock VWP is gone..when are ICEFaces or ADF Components at the same level of visual integration ?

Posted by Hans-Jörg Alles on June 16, 2010 at 03:52 PM PDT #

Woodstock was great. Icefaces is a really buggy UI-Framework. Maybe Vaadin or Wicket should be the "default" ... or at least Mojarra JSF 2.0. By the way, there are other JSF based frameworks outthere - are they as bad as Icefaces, too?

Posted by mcahornsirup on June 17, 2010 at 06:53 PM PDT #

Why do you say ICEFaces is buggy? What exactly are you trying to do that you are having problems with ICEFaces? Have you contacted the ICEFaces folks? Yes, there are other JSF component libraries out there.

Posted by Roger Kitain on June 18, 2010 at 12:14 AM PDT #

With buggy I mean everything beyond a simple form is damn hard, because it works not in a usaual, expected way... e.g. if you want to have multiple form elements within a tabbed pane (sounds simple)... Solution 1) - buy the enterprise pack. Solution 2) Hack around with a coouple of components and rebuild it yourself... this is just a simple example. If you digg deeper, you stumble over issues everywhere. Just take a look at their Jira :)

After 15 month developing with icefaces, I would never ever recommend it to anyone. I am really patient before saying something like this - really. But Icefaces was not a timesaver, it turns out to be a really expensive framework in terms of TCO etc.

Posted by mcahornsirup on June 20, 2010 at 05:59 PM PDT #

I second the question. When will Oracle/Sun/Anyone have a good WYSIWYG design tool for JSF 2.0/facelets. The VWP was a good program and just needs some love to get it back to being a useful tool again. Most (almost all) developers are not interested in JavaFX. I am not saying it is a bad product, but we normal Java developers really want an updated Visual Web Pack. If you doubt me put up a survey and see.

Posted by Steve Michael on June 29, 2010 at 07:50 AM PDT #

If you are in need of vwp vote here:
http://netbeans.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=169820

Posted by Joker on July 04, 2010 at 07:43 PM PDT #

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