How to install NetBeans 6.5 on Ubuntu Linux desktop edition
Before you can start using NetBeans, you’ll need to have a Java Development Kit installed on your Ubuntu Linux desktop system.
First you’ll need to download a copy of NetBeans 6.5 if you still haven’t got a copy. The NetBeans IDE comes in several packages. Each package option has been created to help you develop in a give language that you require. For instance, you can just download a package that has been created mainly for PHP development or Java. You can also download the complete set which contains all of the supported languages which is about a 250+ megabyte download.
For this how to, I’ve downloaded the complete version for Linux which is also the package that you need to use on Ubuntu. After downloading the file (netbeans-6.5-ml-linux.sh), just execute / run the shell script by double-clicking it from the Gnome Window explorer or from a shell terminal. Once the installation script gets started, you’ll see the following screen on your desktop.
You can customize your install by clicking on the “Customize” button. Just select the components that you want to be included in the installation process. For purposes of this how to, I’ll just leave it using the default selections.
A “License Agreement” screen will pop up next. You’ll need to accept the terms if you’ll want to use NetBeans. Click on the “I accept …” checkbox to enable the “Next” button and then click on the “Next” button.
The next screen allows you to select where to install NetBeans. You can just accept the default or select a different directory for installation. You also need to set the directory where your Java JVM is installed.
Once you’re done and have clicked on “Next”, installation of NetBeans will start.
You’ll get the “Setup Complete” dialog box if everything went like a breeze. There are a couple of options that can opt out. First is sending anonymous usage data and the other is registration. Both of them is not required to start using NetBeans.
Pretty simple. Starting up NetBeans will usually show the splash message box below which includes hint on what NetBeans is currently doing while loading up the whole IDE.
Congratulations. You’ve just installed NetBeans 6.5 on your Ubuntu Linux box. After finishing up, you’ll get the default screen below. Go get your feet wet and look around. If you need more information about NetBeans, you can visit the NetBeans web site.
NetBeans IDE 6.5 is a significant update to NetBeans IDE 6.1 and includes the following changes:
- Improved Java ME support for Data Binding, SVG and Custom Component creation.
- Debugger: Redesign of Step into feature.
- PHP support with code completion, Xdebug and web service features.
- New Support for Groovy and Grails.
- GUI Builder: Support for Nimbus and simple class names.
- JUnit: single test method support.
- Automatic Compile and Deploy on Save for Java and Java EE applications.
- Improved database support: SQL history, SQL completion, and results viewing and editing improvements.
For information about the release and to download, you can visit this page.
Gerry Ilagan is into mobile apps and WordPress development at @speeqs. He loves to write about electronics, the Internet of Things, mobile phones, and #crazyideas.