Top Reasons to Switch to the NetBeans IDE
The NetBeans integrated development environment (IDE) delivers. The
NetBeans IDE can boost your productivity when you're working with Java
and C/C++. Visual tools that generate skeleton code are also available,
letting you create a basic application without writing a single line of
Here are top reasons to use the NetBeans IDE:
- Works Out of the Box
and install the NetBeans IDE and you are good to go. Installation is a
breeze with its small download size. All IDE tools and features are
fully integrated—no need to hunt for plug-ins—and they work together
when you launch the IDE.
- Free and Open Source
When you use the NetBeans IDE, you join a vibrant, open-source
community of thousands of users ready to help and contribute. There
are discussions on the NetBeans
lists, blogs on PlanetNetBeans,
- Connected Developer
The NetBeans IDE is the tool of choice for teams working in a collaborative
environment. You can create and manage java.net-hosted projects,
for example; file issue tracking reports using both Jira and Bugzilla,
and collaborate with like-minded developers—all directly from within
the familiar interface of the IDE.
- Powerful GUI Builder
The GUI Builder (formerly known as Project Matisse) supports a
sophisticated yet simplified Swing
Framework and Beans
Binding. Now you can build GUIs in a natural way.
- Support for Java Standards and Platforms
The IDE provides end-to-end solutions for all Java development
platforms including the latest Java standards.
- Java Mobility Support Complete environment
to create, test, and run applications for mobile devices. With
preprocessor blocks, you can readily handle fragmentation issues.
Support for Java Mobility development is the best among all Java
- Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 6 support: The
first free, open-source IDE to support Java EE 6 specifications.
- Java Standard Edition (SE) Support: You can
develop applications using the latest Java SE standards.
- Profiling and Debugging Tools
With NetBeans IDE profiler, you get realtime insight into memory
usage and potential performance bottlenecks. Furthermore, you can
instrument specific parts of code to avoid performance degradation
during profiling. The HeapWalker tool helps you evaluate Java heap
contents and find memory leaks.
- Dynamic Language Support
The NetBeans IDE provides
integrated support for scripting languages such as PHP, Groovy,
- PHP: With the NetBeans IDE for PHP, you get
the best of both worlds: the productivity of an IDE (code completion,
real-time error checking, debugging and more) with the speed and
simplicity of your favorite text editor in a less than 30mb download.
framework will get you 80% of the way, NetBeans IDE will help you with
that last 20%.
- Groovy: In the NetBeans IDE, you can now
create Grails applications, integrate Groovy scripts with your JavaSE
- Extensible Platform
Start with its extensible platform and add your own NetBeans IDE
features and extensions or build an IDE-like application, keeping only
features you want. Extending the platform and its Swing-based
foundation saves development time and can optimize performance.
- Customizable Projects
Through the NetBeans IDE build process, which relies on industry
standards such as Apache
Ant, make, Maven, and rake, rather than a proprietary
build process, you can easily customize projects and add functionality.
You can build, run, and deploy projects to servers outside of the IDE.
- Non-Java Code Support
You're not limited to the Java programming language. You can
include many other programming languages, such as C/C++,
language and include it in your projects.
- Dedicated Support Available
When you can't get the help you need from the community,
consider Developer Support Packages,
which offer programming advice, software support, and training credits.