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Important Message: NetBeans 6.10 Changes to NetBeans 7.0

By: tinu, 07 Oct 2010

Hello NetBeans Community,

The NetBeans Team would like to inform you of changes to the NetBeans roadmap. We are renaming the next release, NetBeans 6.10, to NetBeans 7.0.

Why is this change being made?
We do not expect this to be a major surprise. The change allows the NetBeans IDE versioning to be more clearly aligned with the Java platform, reflecting Oracle's strategy as outlined in Oracle EVP Thomas Kurian's keynote speech at the recent JavaOne 2010 conference.

What does this change mean for the NetBeans IDE and its users?
Two main releases for NetBeans are planned in 2011. In March 2011, NetBeans 7.0 will provide support for JDK 7 language features and JDK 7 Beta. When JDK 7 production is released a patch release of NetBeans 7.0 should provide support for this final version. In the Fall, we plan to follow up with NetBeans 7.1 which will focus on support for Client Java and JavaFX Java APIs, amongst other things.

As announced at the JavaOne conference, JavaFX Script language will be discontinued. Therefore, future releases of NetBeans will not offer support for JavaFX Script. We recommend that developers who need this specific feature use NetBeans 6.9.1.

Additional primary themes for NetBeans 7.0 include support for GlassFish 3.1, WebLogic, Maven 3, and Oracle DB. For a detailed list of planned features, please visit the NetBeans New and Noteworthy page.

In the meantime, NetBeans 7.0 Milestone 2 is due next week. We encourage you to download the build when it becomes available and to give us your feedback on our mailing lists and forums, on Twitter, or by writing to us.

Thank you for your continued support of NetBeans.
The NetBeans Team

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