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NetBeans 7.0 Is Now Available 137

An anonymous reader writes "Oracle releases NetBeans IDE 7.0, which introduces language support for development to the proposed Java SE 7 specification with the JDK 7 developer preview. The release also provides enhanced integration with the Oracle WebLogic server, as well as support for Oracle Database and GlassFish 3.1. Additional highlights include Maven 3 and HTML5 editing support; a new GridBagLayout designer for improved Swing GUI development; enhancements to the Java editor, and more."
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NetBeans 7.0 Is Now Available

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  • I like vi. I like NB. Been using it since it was Forte - so much less-bloated than Eclipse. Kudos NB Team and please keep it up.
    • Does NB have a good vi plugin? The one for Eclipse is satisfactory, but I long to get back my ctrl commands.
    • by hey! ( 33014 )

      So far as I can see NB and Eclipse are pretty comparable in the "bloat" department. In the early days, Eclipse was a bit less java-centric than NB, so I suppose dealing with that might lead one to perceive it as more "bloated". On the other hand, it was much faster than NB (no perceptible difference today), which I found often ground to a halt trying to be helpful (no longer true).

      Eclipse seems to have a far greater variety of (largely poorly documented but sometimes useful) plug-ins. Netbeans and Glassfi

  • by QJimbo ( 779370 ) on Wednesday April 20, 2011 @05:53PM (#35885676)

    I use this on a daily basis for PHP projects. Haven't found anything that comes close to saving me time and guessing what I'm trying to do correctly as I'm typing. It's very smart when you mix HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript as well.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I'm working on WordPress development and I find the exact opposite to be true. The parsing is way off - it points out missing tags when code blocks are mixed with HTML constantly. There's no way to turn it off, or at least block errors in the core code that aren't my concern. Its navigation to function declaration is the only reason I'm trying to use it. Otherwise I'd be using any number of other lighter-weight IDEs.

      Perhaps it's better in v7. *crosses fiingers*

      • by HJED ( 1304957 )
        I haven't used the php part for a while but in the HTML editor you can turn off error checking for an individual line by clicking on the code with the error and then clicking on the lightbulb and selecting "turn off HTML error checking for this line". I assume it's the same for PHP.
      • Geany. It's not perfect, but it's free, and it has navigation-to-function also.

  • For me the gold standard will always be Intellij. I liked Netbeans the last time I tried it a couple of years ago, but it was too buggy for regular use (like creating thousands of temp directories for no reason). I use Eclipse for specialized development since many vendors will provide plugins that make it worth it (barely). But I always come back to IntelliJ for its more intuitive handling. It's simply the best IDE I've used in any language.

    • by kaffiene ( 38781 )

      Buggy? I use NB all day every day and I can't remember the last time I saw a bug in NB

    • Not sure what you are talking about. I have personally seen NetBeans used by a large company (who is also a defense contractor, albeit not for this project) as their main Java IDE. The project was mission-critical transportation control system. Incidentally, it was about 2 years ago, around your point of reference. So, I'd say that assuming the IDE is buggy just because it appears to you that it creates "thousands of temp dirs" which you have no idea why is very far fetched. NetBeans is a nice, stable IDE w

      • I was hardly appearance. It would keep spitting out temp directories until it ran out of inodes. Exiting freed them all up. Granted, that involved leaving it up for days, but it was a real problem for me.

        I don't understand everyone's antagonism. I liked Netbeans, I just saw a number of very real bugs with it (just under 3 years ago). If it works for you, great. I may even check it out again someday. That doesn't mean I didn't have the problems I had.

    • I'm with you. IntelliJ is fantastic. NetBeans' saving grace is its Maven integration. I like Eclipse, but it runs into problems when it comes to Maven. I'd say the biggest problem with NetBeans the IDE is that if you change POM files outside of it, it takes forever to "scan" (whatever that means). IntelliJ overall is just faster and has more features. Of course, the full version of IntelliJ isn't free, whereas NetBeans is.
    • by kvothe ( 2013374 )
      The key there is the couple of years ago. Before about NB 6.1, I think it was(i.e. around 2007), NB was actually pretty slow and buggy. As the NB 6.x cycle has progressed, however, they have made drastic improvements to the whole platform, including adding a pretty darn functional UI editor. Given that, it may just be worth giving it another try. YMMV, of course.
  • I didn't think so. A plugin it must be.

    • Almost everything in Netbeans is a plugin. The problem is that it was born as a Java-only IDE (many years ago) while Eclipse has been always marketed as a meta IDE. Things have changed and thanks to the Netbeans Platform [] it can be easily extended. By the way, I'm a fanboy :)
  • To hell with this, where's my built-in Scala 2.8.x and SBT support? Instead I get PHP and "Guided installation to JDBC driver". Nice. Thanks.
  • I really like NB (fast, unbloated, compact), but for GWT applications development Eclipse is superior.
  • I can't stand it under Ubuntu. Netbeans does not use Ubuntu's Xorg fonts and it looks ugly and way out of place. Not only are the same fonts not used but they are not LCD friendly sub pixeled rendered in the same way. My guess is a hinting bug is in there as well. I reported this bug 2 years ago and they still have not fixed it claiming it was Sun's problem with their JDK.

    It looks fantastic on Fedora.

    Netbeans has got a bad rap because of this bug from Ubuntu users as it looked very Swingish style.

    • Really? I have been using it with Ubuntu and no problems whatsoever. Fonts are okay, the Java Swing theme is also fine.
    • That's one of my pet peeves as well. Menu fonts are too big, disabled menu entries are some kind of horrible inverse 3D black-on-black nastiness. Aggravating but not a show-stopper. AFAIK that's an issue with the GKT look and feel with Oracle's JVM. I've read that everything works as expected under OpenJDK (which is what Fedora uses).

      Looks great under QT/Kubuntu too.

      • I've had other issues with NetBeans not working properly at lower levels under OpenJDK. The best workaround I've seen for the GTK+ LaF sucking is to not use it. Activating the Nimus LaF is pretty easy [] and it provides a much more tolerable work environment, even if it doesn't fit the colour scheme of your desktop environment quite as nicely.

      • I'm not using NB now, but OpenJDK is the standard in current Ubuntu (at least since 10.04.) The SUN JDK does require adding a non standard apt source.

  • My vim have HTML5 editing support 10 years ago!

  • I use NetBeans 6.9 at work every day for practically everything in our projects (mainly PHP, Ruby and SQL). It's a fantastic and powerful IDE, and very fast compared to Eclipse. The removal of Ruby really hurts though, so I won't be upgrading to 7 straight away. I will consider it once the plugin is ready to be used again after being handled by external developers: []

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