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Availability of NetBeans IDE 3.5.1 (ML) Co-Bundle With J2SE 1.4.2

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - September 4, 2003 -, the open source java IDE and platform project announces immediate availability of a popular co-bundle. Included are the latest release of NetBeans - NetBeans IDE 3.5.1, along with Java 2 SDK, Standard Edition, 1.4.2 , available for download from the Java Software web site. The co-bundle contains versions of the NetBeans IDE 3.5.1, in English, Chinese and Japanese.

Version 1.4.2 of the Java 2 SDK, Standard edition builds upon Java technology's cross-platform support and robust security model with new features and functionality, enhanced performance and scalability, and improved reliability and serviceability. Find the complete documentation on enhancements and changes at

The NetBeans IDE 3.5.1 release contains bug fixes that improve the IDE's handling of text when the IDE's default font size is increased. These fixes were necessary to create a Chinese localization, since the Chinese characters require a larger font size to be readable.

Focus of developmemt on the NetBeans IDE 3.5 and 3.5.1 releases was focused almost entirely on performance. Both startup time and general UI responsiveness have improved significantly. In addition to that, several modules, previously available on the Update Center, have been added to the standard distribution. These modules provide many features, including support for:

  • debugging servlets and applications written with JSP technology.
  • creating and editing JSP tag libraries.
  • monitoring HTTP requests.
  • WAR file packaging.
  • connecting to and browsing databases.
More information including system requirements, installation and upgrade instructions can be found in the README file:

About open source project was launched in June 2000, with the initial codebase provided by Sun Microsystems, Inc., which since then sponsors the project as is the major contributor.

The NetBeans IDE is the IDE of choice for Java technologists, which thanks to its extremely modular architecture is able to provide productivity enhancing tools in many technology areas. There is a large number of domain-specific plug-in extensions, both free and commercial, available in the NetBeans Module Catalogue (, and via the Sun ONE Studio Partner Program ( is a succesful open source project, with significant industry support and momentum. There are approximately 20,000 registered community members, and more than 60 industry partners who extend the capabilities of NetBeans IDE or leverage NetBeans as an application framework.

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