Version 8.0 of NetBeans IDE nears completion
With release candidate stage reached, its looking like NetBeans is on track to drop the latest incarnation of its popular IDE just in time for Java 8 launch.
The latest incarnation of the popular NetBeans IDE has reached the release candidate stage, taking it one step closer towards version 8.0 going GA. According to the current roadmap, this is scheduled to take place in April.
Due to the open source development environment that the NetBeans team work in, we already know quite a bit about what features to expect in this release. Certainly, the headline additions will be those that support new Java 8 features. Bar any last minute disasters, this new platform update will be unleashed, at long last, around the middle of March.
NetBeans is equipped with code analyzer and editor extensions for lambda expressions, streams, and methods reference. It also supports Java ME Embedded 8 and Java SE Embedded, making development on devices such as the Raspberry Pi effectively seamless.
On top of this, it features additional support and enhancements for HTML5, Maven, Java EE, PHP and C/C++.
On the Java Enterprise front, NetBeans now comes with integrated Tomcat 8.0, and certified Java EE 6 Web Profile server Tomee. The world of Java IDEs is split into three divergent strands: Eclipse, NetBeans, and Intellij IDE, all of whom tussle is out for the accolade of best development environment.
If you’re interested in exploring the world of NetBeans further and deciding for yourself who deserves to be the IDE to rule them all, you can get stuck into the Release Candidate here. Before you do that though, we highly recommend delving into these incredibly handy articles by Geertjan Wielenga: