Netbeans 6.0 has been released. Download it now!

Today, it is a major milestone for Netbeans.  It announced the release of much anticipated 6.0 Version of the IDE and it is available for download now.

In this release several of  the addons  packs are consolidated in to a single IDE such as Visual Web Pack, Ruby and Rails, Enterprise Pack, C++ pack etc.


Easy-To-Use Java GUI Builder

Create professional-looking Java GUIs by placing and aligning components on a canvas.


Visual Web and Java EE Development

Build standards-based web applications visually using Ajax, CSS, and JSF. Full set of tools for EJB development.

Visual Mobile Development

Create, test and debug GUI applications that run on mobile phones, set-top boxes, and PDAs.

Visual UML Modeling

Separate software design from implementation with UML Modeling.

Ruby and Rails Support

Powerful Ruby editor (with code completion), debugger, and full support for Rails. Includes the JRuby runtime.

C and C++ Development

Full-featured C/C++ editor, debugger, project templates, and support for multiple project configurations


Is there any news about converter for NB 5.5 projects or is that not important? Since there is not much interest in the comunity for this topic or netbeans project leaders I guess that nobody uses NB for serious projects. Think I might make a switch also to something else. Might be difficult to wright it once more but at least I'll make it sure I'm writting it for the last time from the scracth.

Posted by bojan on December 09, 2007 at 09:57 PM PST #

Hi Bojan, What type of converters are you talking about. Is it about converting J2EE1.4 project (from NB 5.5) to Java EE 5 project as I blogged at Otherwise, simply opening a NB 5.5 project in NB 6.0 is enough. No specific converter is required.

Posted by Winston Prakash on December 10, 2007 at 01:02 AM PST #

<Is it about converting J2EE1.4 project (from NB 5.5) to Java EE 5 project

Yes that is exactly what I'm talking about. That should be priority 1 for any developer with 1.4 project. I could not use it for I got to many errors, but if it was recognized as important and more time spent working on it I'm sure that it would work correctly.

Posted by bojan on December 10, 2007 at 03:33 PM PST #

Bojan, Surprisingly very few request we got to make this plugin official. Given the number interets Vs amount of QA and Doc resources involved, it was not consider by management for an official plugin. However, I can fix the bugs in the plugin if required. You can e-mail me the errors to wjprakashATnetbeansDOTorg

Posted by Winston Prakash on December 11, 2007 at 01:57 AM PST #

Hi Winston. Merry christmas.

I have a question. Are new tool for Internationalization and localization In Netbeans 6? I have not see tutorial about this topic.


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Posted by javiersinnada on December 16, 2007 at 08:46 PM PST #

Hi Winston,

In my previous project on studio creator, I use calendar component and when I open my Project using netbeans 6, found error like this :"java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Cannot convert 2/18/08 12:00 AM of type class java.util.Date to class java.sql.Timestamp". Do You know why this happen? It happens to all my pages. It's been 2 weeks, I'm very frustrating.

Posted by terry on December 17, 2007 at 11:26 AM PST #

Dear Dr. Prakash,

We have been using Java Studio Creator 2.1 for over a year now and recently started to move to NetBeans 6.0. We are now having some problems that perhaps you could help us solve. Our pages don’t seem to be saving and/or restoring its state. With JSC, when we navigate from one page to another and return to the first one using a hyperlink with URL, the state of the first page is restored and it is rendered just as it was when we left; checking the isPostBack flag at the init method will find it set to true. We have been trying to do the same with NB, but such state restoration is not happening; and checking the isPostBack flag at the init method will find it set to false. We built the NB pages using Visual Web Pack. Are you aware of any difference between Creator and NetBeans at this particular point?

Thanks and regards,

Jorge Campins

Posted by Jorge Campins on December 17, 2007 at 08:49 PM PST #

Hi Jorge, Creator 2.1 uses JSF 1.1 and Netbeans Java EE 5 project uses JSF 1.2. If you just imported Creator 2.1 project and run in in a Java EE 5 container, you will be still using JSF 1.2 at runtime. Not sure if it is due to JSF 1.2 changes. Try running your application in a J2EE 1.4 container (like Tomcat 5 with JSF 1.1) and see if that makes any difference. There are no semantic changes in the design environment.

Posted by Winston Prakash on December 23, 2007 at 02:38 AM PST #

Hi Terry, are you using correct converter. This may be due to strict JSF 1.2 runtime environment. The Calendar component expects strict java.util.Date. It can not accept java.sql.Timestamp. One way is to create a getter/setter in your page bean, which converts between java.util.Date & java.sql.Timestamp and bind method to your Calendar component. See for sample code.

Posted by Winston Prakash on December 23, 2007 at 02:43 AM PST #

A silly question.
How can I make the text inside the textField (i.e. <webuijsf:textField>) align to right.
I tried editing its style to text-align:right but failed.

Posted by cwkwok on January 08, 2008 at 06:22 PM PST #

I am trying to migrate a NB5.5 Visual Web Project into NB 6.0.
My problem is that it seems as if many of the styles I added to the Components no longer apply in 6.0, aswell as the "Auto submit on change" feature.
Also, the Optionlist element does not respond to any of the styles I try to add, such as width etc.
This makes the design of my VW-app fail big time, and it will be very time consuming to go through every single element and update them. Is this a known issue and if so, is it possible to do anything about it.

Posted by Andreas on February 17, 2008 at 09:41 PM PST #

This was last year – is there something new to be expected this year? I haven't really checked, but I was wondering. Some of the conversions I've been battling with, I hope that these have been sorted out (or will be sorted out) in the next release. Otherwise, this helped me quite a stack for the first few months – there's just a whole lot of things that really can be more seamless (yes, yes, I know I sound ungrateful!)

Posted by luggage on July 02, 2008 at 08:00 PM PDT #

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