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NetBeans IDE – integrated development environment

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.

NetBeans IDE supports development of all Java application types (Java SE (including JavaFX), Java ME, web, EJB and mobile applications) out of the box. Among other features are an Ant-based project system, Maven support, refactorings, version control (supporting CVS, Subversion, Git, Mercurial and Clearcase).

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.

Support: Community Docs
Developer: Apache Software Foundation, Oracle Corporation
License: Apache License 2.0

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