Just like GlassFish, the NetBeans folks have been busy working on their next release (read "6.10 renamed to 7.0"). Milestone 2 of NetBeans 7 is now available and it has a lot in store for web and server-side developers: Java EE 6 enhancements, support for GlassFish 3.1 and Oracle WebLogic Server, but also interesting new Web features.
Regarding Java EE 6 enhancements, EL (Expression Language, heavily used in JSF 2) now has error checking, finds usages in JSF or CDI managed beans, offers refactoring, bundle resources support, useful tooltips and hints. CDI offers qualifier auto-creation, "Inspect CDI" contextual menu, and more. But you'll also find JAX-RS wizard enhancements, support for JSF components suites (PrimeFaces), BeanValidation (constraint and
validation.xml) wizards, and JPA integration of BeanValidation and JAXB.
On the Web front, json source formatting, HTML 5 editing support (see this recent GlassFish HTML 5 blog and video), and better HTML validation are also of interest.
Hot off the heels of the Maven 3 final release, NetBeans now ships with an embedded distribution which has been in fact used for a while to interpret Maven projects. Numerous other bugs have been fixed. If you use Maven (2 or 3) you should give this milestone a try.
The NetBeans/GlassFish integration got even better with GlassFish 3.1 support, application-scoped resources (including
glassfish-resources.xml editing), better Web Services testing, easier domain creation, access to remote server log, and restart in debug mode. NetBeans also now allows EJB and ACC modules to be deployed as standalone artifacts, while debugging an EAR file that contains an ACC client will now start two debugging sessions, one on the client, one on the server. Check Vince's blog for all the details.
Support for Oracle WebLogic Server is a new feature and now shows as a server in the "Services" tab. If interested, check out this short yet useful video showing support for JSF 2.0 (integrated in the recent WebLogic release), datasource creation and deployment, directory-based deployment and more.
For further details on these new features, please read this Milestone 2 New and Noteworthy document. The final release of NetBeans IDE 7.0 is planned for March 2011.