The top 5 features of NetBeans IDE 8
The Beta of NetBeans IDE 8 has now been released! Geertjan Wielenga spotlights some of the coolest bells and whistles.
The Beta of NetBeans IDE 8 has now been released. NetBeans IDE 8 is the culmination of a diverse development cycle that incorporates a range of popular technologies in one single development environment. Its primary driving force is the upcoming release of Java SE 8, Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME 8. It’s of course no coincidence that its release number is also 8, since it provides the tooling for all these new Java technologies. Simultaneously, however, there are significant enhancements for the NetBeans IDE key features Maven, Java EE, and HTML5.
In short, the top 5 features of NetBeans IDE 8 are as follows:
1. Tools for Java 8 Technologies. Anyone interested in getting started with lambdas, method references, streams, and profiles in Java 8 can do so immediately by downloading NetBeans IDE 8. Java hints and code analyzers help you upgrade anonymous inner classes to lambdas, right across all your code bases, all in one go. Java hints in the Java editor let you quickly and intuitively switch from lambdas to method references, and back again.
Moreover, Java SE Embedded support entails that you’re able to deploy, run, debug or profile Java SE applications on an embedded device, such as Raspberry PI, directly from NetBeans IDE. No new project type is needed for this, you can simply use the standard Java SE project type for this purpose.
2. Tools for Java EE Developers. The code generators for which NetBeans IDE is well known have been beefed up significantly. Where before you could create bits and pieces of code for various popular Java EE component libraries, you can now generate complete PrimeFaces applications, from scratch, including CRUD functionality and database connections.
Additionally, the key specifications of the Java EE 7 Platform now have new and enhanced tools, such as for working with JPA and CDI, as well as Facelets.
Let’s not forget to mention in this regard that Tomcat 8.0 and TomEE are now supported, too, with a new plugin for WildFly in the NetBeans Plugin Manager.
3. Tools for Maven. A key strength of NetBeans IDE, and a reason why many developers have started using it over the past years, is its out of the box support for Maven. No need to install a Maven plugin, since it’s a standard part of the IDE. No need to deal with IDE-specific files, since the POM provides the project structure.
And now, in NetBeans IDE 8.0, there are enhancements to the graph layouting, enabling you to visualize your POM in various ways, while also being able to graphically exclude dependencies from the POM file, without touching the XML.
Performance enhancements, as always, are part of the Maven improvements too.
Also, remember that there’s no need to download the AngularJS Seed template, since it’s built into the NetBeans New Project wizard.
Whether you’re doing pure Java development, pure HTML5 development, or hybrid development across these two platforms, NetBeans IDE 8.0 has the latest tools for you to do so, together with a range of enhancements in its best of breed support for PHP and C/C++.
Try it out today! Simply click here: https://netbeans.org/community/releases/80/