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NetBeans 7.2 gets beta

ChrisMayer
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Oracle’s comprehensive IDE gets a boost, with a sneak preview into NetBeans 7.2

Oracle’s Java desktop app platform and IDE, NetBeans has entered the final stages of development toward the next final version, with the beta released for NetBeans 7.2.

The latest edition aims to provide a smoother experience and plain sailing for those using PHP, JavaScript and Ajax, Groovy and Grails, and C/C++ to write the applications. Project scanning is now carried out in the background rather than blocking the editor itself. This in turn gives you speedier project scanning and all-round better performance on remote filesystems.

For pure Java fans, there’s an array of advances such as FindBugs and TestNG testing framework support, with general Maven, debugging and refactoring work underlying that. For those using Java EE, there’s more to savour such as the ability to link up to Oracle Public Cloud and Amazon Elastic Beanstalk support, as well as various updates for JSF component suites. There’s now code completion for Java Persistence named queries and JPQL statements as well.

Carrying on from the recent JavaFX overhaul, there’s the ability to work with the new Scene Builder interoperability, plus generally improved FXML and JavaFX CSS support and FX-in-Swing Projects.

Elsewhere in the JVM, Groovy is updated to 1.8.6 and gets radical improvements to scanning, code completion and Go to Type action speed. This is good to know, as Groovy can on occasion be slow.

An excellent New and Noteworthy guide goes into deeper detail on what has changed, and there’s Release Notes provided too. You’ll find a download link and installation instructions too, NetBrains don’t shirk responibilities in user guidance, that’s for sure. The most inclusive IDE just got a little bit sweeter.

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