Version 7 of Netbeans, one of my favourite Java IDEs, is to be released a week from today. The big news is its support for JDK 7, the latest incarnation of Java, along with many other welcome features such as HTML 5 and Maven 3. Given Oracle’s acquisition of both BEA and Sun, it is not surprising to find that Netbeans (previously a Sun project) will now have out-of-the-box support for Oracle WebLogic (previously BEA WebLogic) and for Oracle Database. Netbeans is not just for Java. It is also a competent C/C++ IDE and also supports PHP.
Some common issues have been consigned to /dev/null, and some welcome new features added, including:
- Scanning of project files whenever you return to the IDE window. This has now been replaced by native change listeners.
- Re-run of JUnit tests, confined to only those tests that failed the last time.
- Integration of remote or centralised JavaDoc.
- Browsing of network file systems.
- Scriptable “Run”
- All the new Project Coin goodies!
Just one week to wait, although the RC1 is there if you can’t wait.
Update 12 April 2011: NB7 will probably be available on the 19th, a little later than originally predicted.
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