JAX London 2014: A retrospective
Giving it some prime face

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

LucyCarey
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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 with the launch of Java 8. And as you’d expect, the star features of this release are those that support Oracle’s new platform.

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 Tomee.

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 commented 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, hereIt’s also worth checking out this video from the Oracle team, which runs through all the new and exciting bean things in glorious technicolor:

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