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NetBeans IDE 6.5 RC1 now available

The focus of NetBeans IDE 6.5 is simplified and rapid development of web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications with PHP, JavaScript, Java, C/C++ , Ruby, and Groovy. Of course a lot of you are waiting for the PHP support, including me 🙂

An important note: The majority of the NetBeans IDE 6.5 RC1 code is available under a dual license consisting of the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) v1.0 and the GNU General Public License (GPL) v2. See details about the components in NetBeans and the licenses under which they are covered. Read the License Notice.

Some of the features of NetBeans 6.5 are:


  • PHP Editor (Code completion, syntactic and semantic code highlighting)
  • Support for heredoc notation and PHTML
  • Debugging using Xdebug
  • Generators for MySQL database code snippets

JavaScript and Ajax

  • JavaScript Debugging on FireFox & Internet Explorer
  • Http transaction monitoring
  • JavaScript Editor
  • JavaScript Library Manager incl Yahoo UI, Woodstock, jQuery, Dojo, Scriptaculous, Prototype libraries
  • Improved CSS Editor

Java EE & Web Development

  • Enhanced support for Spring, Hibernate, JSF, JSF CRUD generator, JPA (Java Persistence API)
  • Create RESTful web services from database tables or from JPA entities
  • Drag and drop SaaS services into PHP files
  • SQL Editor Improvements (code completion, save/recall queries, and more)
  • Improved Eclipse project import and synchronization for Java Web projects
  • Automatic Deploy on Save

Groovy and Grails

  • Develop pure Groovy apps or use Groovy in Java SE projects
  • Groovy editor (code completion, highlighting, and more)
  • Grails web application framework
  • Open existing Grails applications without adding metadata

Ruby and Rails

  • New Test Runner interface for displaying test results
  • Rake improvements: Rake Runner and a pre-generated Rake file
  • Debugger: Conditional breakpoints and catchpoints
  • Ruby projects accept JVM options from command line

GlassFish v3 Prelude for Web Development

  • Modular, OSGi based architecture
  • Small footprint, fast startup and deployment
  • Support for scripting, including JRuby


  • Improved code completion, error highlighting, and semantic highlighting
  • Call graph, Memory window
  • Remote development
  • Packaging of application as tar files, zip files, or SVR4 packages

Java ME

  • New project wizard for adding custom components to the Visual Designer Palette
  • New SVG UI components in the enhanced SVG Composer enable rich UI design
  • New Data Binding Custom Components in the Visual Designer Palette
  • Upgraded obfuscation tool to ProGuard 4.2 and test framework to JMUnit 1.1.0

Java Debugger

  • New multi-threaded debugging with improved UI and work-flow
  • Smart Step Into with method selection right inside expression
  • Deadlock detection with visual indication

Java SE

  • Automatic Compile on Save
  • Improved Eclipse project import and synchronization
  • Java Call Hierarchy
  • Analyze Javadoc
  • Swing GUI Builder can generate simple class names (instead of fully qualified names)

IDE Tools and Usability

  • Camel Case Code Completion
  • Formatting Settings per Project
  • One QuickSearch shortcut for IDE actions, files, options, and docs
  • Support for Windows UNC paths (shared network folders)

Well, what are you waiting for? Go get the latest and greatest NetBeans IDE 6.5 RC1 from the download area.

Gerry Ilagan

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.

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