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NetBeans IDE

NetBeans IDE

The NetBeans IDE is a free, open-source Integrated Development Environment for Java software developers.

It provides all the tools needed to create professional desktop, enterprise, web and mobile applications, in Java, C/C++ and even Ruby.

It supports the following technologies: Enterprise JavaBeans (EJB) 3.0, JAX-WS 2.1, Java Persistence (JSR-220), JavaServer Faces 1.2 (JSR-127), Java Servlet 2.5, JavaServer Pages (JSP) 2.1, Struts 1.2.9, Java API for XML-based Remote Procedure Calls (JAX-RPC) 1.6, Java APIs for XML Registries (JAXR) 1.0, Java API for XML Processing (JAXP) 1.4, Java Architecture for XML Binding (JAXB) 2.1, JavaServer Pages Standard Tag Library (JSTL) 1.1.

 NetBeans IDE 8.0.2

Free to download


Dual License: Common Development and Distribution License / GNU General Public License

Sun Microsystems


System Requirements
Processor: 800MHz Intel Pentium III or equivalent
Memory: 512 MB
Disk space: 650 MB of free disk space

Java SE Development Kit (JDK) 5 Update 14 (version 1.5.0_14) or newer (including JDK 6 Update 4)

Documentation, Wiki, User FAQ, Developer FAQ

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Features include:

  • Easy to use Java GUI Builder
    • Professional GUI Building - design Swing GUIs by dragging and positioning GUI components from a palette onto a canvas
    • Standard and Custom GUI Components
    • Beans Binding technology (JSR 295) Support
    • Swing Application Framework (JSR296) Support
  • Visual Mobile Development - create, test, debug and deploy applications that will run on mobile phones, PDAs, set-top boxes, embedded systems literally billions of devices
  • Visual Web and Java EE Development - provides tools for building all Java EE components, including Enterprise Java Beans (EJBs), web pages, servlets, and web service
  • Visual UML Modeling
    • Forward and Reverse Engineering
    • UML Diagram Types
    • Customizable Code Generation
  • C and C++ Development
    • Allows C/C++ developers use their specified set of compilers and tools in conjunction with NetBeans IDE to build native applications
  • Ruby and Rails Support
    • Editing facilities
      • Basic editing
      • Syntax highlighting for Ruby
      • Code completion
      • Occurrence highlighting
      • Integrated documentation pop-ups for Ruby API calls
      • Semantic analysis with highlighting of parameters and unused local variables
      • Ruby code debugging
  • Ant-based Project system
  • Version Control
  • Refactoring
  • Language support for coding to the proposed Java SE 7 specification
  • Enhanced integration with the Oracle WebLogic server
  • Support for Oracle Database and GlassFish
  • Maven 3 and HTML5 editing support
  • GridBagLayout designer for improved Swing GUI development

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