I’ve been using NetBeans IDE for quite a few years now. It has improved very nicely over the years and it have became a top player in the IDE field. If you are a Eclipse or IDEA developer I’d suggest you to at least try it out as it is not the same as it was year before.
I’m eagerly waiting for the actual release as it is packed with useful features that will truly improve the development flow. Here are some of the features what I’m waiting for the most:
- Spring framework support with features such as configuration file support, code completion and hyperlinks to speed navigation
- New MySQL support in the Database Explorer to make it easier to create, launch and view MySQL databases
- +lots of other features
See some of the highlights in action after the jump.
Code completion also displays method documentation if available as seen here:
It was clear that NetBeans would have a better MySQL support since the Sun Microsystems bought MySQL. It is now nicely integrated into the database management section in Services view:
Plus there are probably hundreds of minor tweaks and fixes that will make the IDE even better. You can read the full beta information page to get full details. So to borrow some words from the movie Full Metal Jacket:
This is my IDE, there are many like it, but this one is mine! :)