NetBeans IDE 6.5 Release Information

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Release Overview

In addition to full support of all Java platforms (Java SE, Java EE, Java ME, and JavaFX), the NetBeans IDE 6.5 is the ideal tool for software development with PHP, Ajax and JavaScript, Groovy and Grails, Ruby and Ruby on Rails, and C/C++. The 6.5 release provides enhanced support for web frameworks (Hibernate, Spring, JSF, JPA), the GlassFish application server, and databases. Additionally it includes a new IDE-wide QuickSearch shortcut, a more user-friendly interface, and automatic Compile on Save.

The NetBeans IDE 6.5.1 bug fix release is a minor update to NetBeans IDE 6.5.

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Documentation

Use the following documents to get started with NetBeans IDE 6.5.

Feature Highlights

PHP

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

JavaScript and Ajax

  • JavaScript Debugging on FireFox & Internet Explorer
  • HTTP transaction monitoring
  • Improved JavaScript and CSS Editor
  • JavaScript Library Manager incl Yahoo UI, Woodstock, jQuery, Dojo, Scriptaculous, Prototype libraries
JavaScript quickfixes popup in the 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
web application persistence

JavaFX

  • Create, test, debug, profile, and deploy JavaFX projects
  • JavaFX editor with syntax highlighting, source navigation, code completion, code folding, javadoc pop-ups, and error detection.
  • Live preview of visual elements
  • Code snippet palette for transformations, effects and animations
javafx video cube

Groovy and Grails

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

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
Ruby code editor

GlassFish v3 Prelude for Web Development

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

C/C++

  • 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
Call graph

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 ME SVG palette

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
swing treemodel view editor

Java SE

  • Automatic Compile on Save
  • Improved Eclipse project import and synchronization
  • Java Call Hierarchy
  • Analyze Javadoc
  • Swing GUI Builder can generate simple or fully qualified class names
swing treemodel view editor

IDE Tools and Usability

  • CamelCase code completion
  • Customize formatting settings per project
  • One IDE-wide QuickSearch shortcut for files/symbols/types, IDE actions, options, and docs
  • Support for Windows UNC paths (shared network folders)
netbeans ide quicksearch

Learn more at the NetBeans IDE 6.5 New and Noteworthy page.

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