Giving it some prime face

“Most comprehensive NetBeans IDE release yet” ready to meet the freshly brewed Java

Lucy Carey

The open-source IDE has its Java 8 kit fully packed and ready – here’s what’s new, and all the essentials you need to know to get started with NetBeans IDE 8.0.

NetBeans IDE 8.0
has rolled out in orchestrated harmony
 the launch of Java 8. And as you’d expect, the
star features of this release are those that support Oracle’s new

Oracle Principal Product Manager Geertjan Wielenga
highlighted these headline additions to JAXenter, explaining that;
“NetBeans IDE 8.0 provides out-of-the-box code analyzers and
editors for working with the latest Java 8 technologies- Java SE 8,
Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME Embedded 8.”

Furthermore, he added that, “The IDE also has a range
of new enhancements that further improve its support for Maven and
Java EE with PrimeFaces; new tools for HTML5, in particular for
AngularJS; and improvements to PHP and C/C++ support.”

There has also been some bug fixing on Java FX integration
features, as well as a bit polishing on the Scene Builder feature.
JaxaFX Scene Builder is the official Oracle tool for putting
together JavaFX interfaces. Applications can be put together using
drag-n-drop, and standard JavaFX FXML and CSS codes are generated
automatically. Because UI changes without code compilation are
immediately visible, the tool is great for powering rapid
turnaround times.

On the Java Enterprise front, NetBeans now comes with
integrated Tomcat 8.0, and certified Java EE 6 Web Profile server


It seems that there is already plenty of
approval for the changes to the IDE. Ruslan Synytsky, CTO of
Jelastic, who support the NetBeans IDE via a
Platform-as-Infrastructure plugin, is certainly impressed with the
new offering. He

that, “This is possibly the most
comprehensive NetBeans IDE release yet, enabling rapid
time-to-application for developers.”

Chicago JavaFX User Group Leader Lou Dasaro
affirmed that, “JavaFX development with NetBeans IDE is tighter
than ever with release 8.0, with over three dozen fixes made to
JavaFX support since 7.4, and several enhancements…including
Remote Java SE platform support.”

You can find the full NetBeans 8.0 release info,
as well as the all important “Download” button, here
also worth checking out this video from the Oracle team, which runs
through all the new and exciting bean things in glorious

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