Monday, June 28, 2010

NetBeans IDE 6.9 Released

NetBeans IDE 6.9 newest version has been released by Oracle. NetBeans is a powerful open source IDE supporting Java, C/C++, Ruby on Rails, Python, PHP, Groovy/Grails, and other programming languages.

Download NetBeans 6.9 here.

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NetBeans 6.9 Highlights

NetBeans IDE 6.9 introduces the JavaFX Composer, a visual layout tool for building JavaFX GUI applications, similar to the Swing GUI builder for Java SE applications. With the JavaFX Composer, developers can quickly build, visually edit, and debug Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and bind components to various data sources, including Web services.

The NetBeans 6.9 release also features OSGi interoperability for NetBeans Platform applications and support for developing OSGi bundles with Maven. With support for OSGi and Swing standards, the NetBeans Platform now supports the standard UI toolkit and the standard module system, providing a unique combination of standards for modular, rich-client development.

Additional noteworthy features in this release include support for JavaFX SDK 1.3, PHP Zend framework, Ruby on Rails 3.0, and GlassFish v3.0.1; as well as enhanced Java EE 6 support, improvements to the Java Editor, Java Debugger, issue tracking, and more.

More info available at NetBeans 6.9 release announcement.

NetBeans 6.9 New Features

  • Develop OSGi bundles with Maven
  • Bundled Felix container
  • Use OSGi bundles in a NetBeans RCP application

NetBeans Platform
  • OSGi interoperability (developing and consuming OSGi bundles in Platform-based applications)
  • Felix 2.0.3 OSGi support, experimental Equinox support
  • Convert NetBeans modules into OSGi bundles and run them in an unmodified OSGi container
  • Branding Editor for both Ant and Maven Platform-based projects
  • NetBeans Platform-based applications generate installers for most common operating systems
  • Enhanced support for consuming web services and connecting to databases

  • JavaFX Composer for form-like UI components with states and access to various data sources
  • Added and improved editor hints and refactoring
  • Enhanced Palettes for JavaFX Shapes, Colors, Effects, and Charts
  • Improved code formatting
Java EE
  • Support for Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) (JSR-299)
  • Spring Framework 3.0 support
  • Bundled GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 3.0.1
  • Easy regeneration of JPA entities after database change
  • REST web services support for RCP applications
  • Java Debugger breakpoint grouping, debugger attach parameter history
  • Support for annotation processors in the editor, configurable in the Project Properties
  • New Applet and Web Start (JNLP) support
  • Improved navigation in Stack Trace Analyzer and URLs, Go To Overridden/Implemented Method action

Web Languages: HTML, CSS, JavaScript
  • Refactoring and find usages for CSS and HTML-like languages
  • Code completion and hyperlinking for id and class selector attributes
  • Refactoring inline CSS styles

Java Card
  • Support for creating Java Card Connected 3 servlets, classic and extended applets
  • Backward compatibility with Java Card 2.2.x and Java Card Classic
  • Debugging, and multiple Java Card Platform/Device creation
  • Alignment with Java Card Reference Implementation
  • PHP Zend Framework support
  • "Overrides/Implements" and "Is Overridden/Implemented" annotations
  • New formatter with many formatting rules

  • Ruby on Rails 3.0 support
  • Unit test integration with C/C++ projects
  • Enhanced remote development including remote file download and browsing
  • Improved support of makefile targets and Fortran
  • Improved hyperlink navigation between overridden methods and classes
  • Many more editor hints for Java and Ruby
  • Spell checker support in the Editor
  • Help menu item for reporting bugs and slowness against NetBeans IDE
  • Support for multiple Kenai-based team servers (e.g. and
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