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See some NetBeans 5.5 (beta) features and screenshots

Posted by claudio on May 11, 2006 at 3:55 PM PDT

NetBeans lauched NetBeans 5.5 Enterprise Pack, preview release (read it as a early access release). The main goal of 5.5 is Java EE 5 support, so with that preview release, Sun bundled UML, BPEL and other EE things.

Now, the 5.5 beta release, with Enterprise Pack/Profiler/Mobility 5.5 beta is available too. First, download and install the NetBeans 5.5 IDE. Then install the Enterprise Pack 5.5 beta.

I will not write about all the 5.5 goodies, see Geertjan, blog to know more about it, or read the annoucement

So, lets see whats new:

  • Subversion support

    SubVersion support is available at Update Center

    nb55-3.png


    SubVersion support requires a native subversion installation. Mine was 1.2.x. Then, when NetBeans started, a warning prompting at my screen.


    nb55-svn-13.png



    so I need to upgrade it. As I use Mandriva Linux, the packages are RPM, so it was easy to download and install them from the rpm repository. See the required packages.


    subversion-1.3.1-1mdk.i586.rpm
    subversion-server-1.3.1-1mdk.i586.rpm
    libsvn0-1.3.1-1mdk.i586.rpm
    openssl-0.9.8b-1mdk.i586.rpm
    libopenssl0.9.8-0.9.8b-1mdk.i586.rpm
    libapr-util1-1.2.7-3mdk.i586.rpm
    libapr1-1.2.7-1mdk.i586.rpm
    libneon0.26-0.26.0-4mdk.i586.rpm
    libpq4-8.1.3-1mdk.i586.rpm
    rootcerts-20051111-1mdk.noarch.rpm

    Sure, there are someone out there will say "Grab the sources and compile it". Well I leave those boring tasks to mandriva guys

    SubVersion support recognized files previously versioned and changes made to them. See at the file tab and at project window.


    nb55-svn-sensitive.png



    SubVersion context menu

    nb55-svn-context-menu.png



    SubVersion support inserts an small icon on the project icon

    nb55-svn-icon.png

  • Persistence (JSR 220) support


    The Java Persistence API (JAP) is available at Library Manager. Its based on TopLink from Oracle




    File template for the Persistence POJOs and Persistence Unit

  • Tomcat 5.5.16



    See the Apache Tomcat changelogs, in case you want to see the differences between 5.5.9 and 5.5.16
  • The AJAX demos works with tomcat


    Its possible to run AJAX demos on tomcat. With NetBeans 5.0, its was need to configure JSF libraries and other small tricks.

The NetBeans main page changed also, to welcome the young (but powerful) brother


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I didn't do any test/evaluation of Enterprise Pack (SOA and UML), so I cannot speak of it. The JPA support is good, althought I didn't test much of it.

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