Java-based IDE comes stocked full of new features

NetBeans IDE 7.1 RC1 unleashed

Chris Mayer

JavaFX 2 and enhanced JavaEE are the two main draws for NetBeans 7.1 RC1

The all-encompassing and award-winning development environment that works on Windows, Mac, Linux and Solaris has launched its latest release – 7.1 RC1, introducing major support for Java FX 2.0.

NetBeans, comprising of the IDE and application framework, has long had a vibrant community of avid users and they must be savouring the prospect of getting to grips with the latest taste of the revolutionary software.

Arun Gupta blogged today about what the release means to him – unveiling more nifty add-ons that NetBeans has at its disposal. Apart from the aforementioned Java FX 2.0 support, the most important improvements come in the form of a new Java editor, which can upgrade projects up to JDK 7, and supplementary Java EE extras, promising 50+ CDI improvements, RichFaces4 and ICEFaces2 component libraries and an EJB Timer creation wizard.

That’s just scratching the surface however, the New and Noteworthy section from NetBeans details much more, including Git and Maven enhancements. The build is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese, showing you the global reach NetBeans has.

The team want feedback from the open source community, to iron out any minor problems as this release becomes more frequently used, so be sure to fill in their survey once you’ve got going. Fortunately, if you’re stumped, the team has provided a plethora of tutorials to help you out as well. 


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