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Posted by editor on April 28, 2008 at 5:47 AM PDT

NetBeans 6.1 makes an early debut

Now this is a good idea. Rather than risk getting lost in all the news and hype of JavaOne week, when everyone and their brother seems to be making a major release announcement, the NetBeans team has surprised us by releasing NetBeans 6.1 final today, a week ahead of JavaOne.

Go ahead and kick off the download, then keep reading.

OK, so actually, it wasn't a surprise to everyone. I did get an e-mail from the NetBeans team in Prague telling me they were planning on a release Monday morning at noon their time, which is 6 AM here in the Eastern US (and therefore perfect for putting together the morning page), and 3 AM out in the Pacific Time Zone, home to Sun, O'Reilly, and many of the world's techies. They'll be waking up in a few hours to the surprise.

Of course, if you've been watching the front page for the last few months, you've seen NetBeans 6.1 coming together, with bloggers pointing out its great new features (particularly Ruby/JRuby/Rails support), and the community giving overwhelming approval last week to greenlighting the release.

So now, NetBeans can enjoy the spotlight for a week, and by the time JavaOne hits next week, attendees should already have had a chance to download and install 6.1, and check out NetBeans-related sessions with an up-to-date perspective.

In light of the significance of the news, we've set aside the entire Java Today section
for the NetBeans 6.1 announcement:

"NetBeans IDE 6.1 supports a wide range of open source scripting technologies and offers improved performance. This release extends language support beyond Java technology by providing a rich set of features for C/C++, JavaScript and the Ruby language, including Ruby on Rails.

One of the downloads available is an Early Access preview of support for PHP. Advance versions of new modules, such as JavaScript debugger, support of ClearCase, AXIS, and Hibernate are available as separate plugins.

NetBeans IDE 6.1 also contains all of the improvements made in 6.0 including: the new smarter editor, next generation of the ground-breaking GUI builder (formerly known as Project Matisse), visual mobile designer, integrated profiler, and Java EE 5 support.

For more information about NetBeans IDE 6.1 features visit the NetBeans IDE 6.1 Release Page."

This week's Spotlight is on at JavaOne 2008. After all, JavaOne 2008 begins next week, and as always, will be a big part of the event, as captured by our JavaOne wiki page. On Saturday, May 3, we're holding a Community Leaders Weekend, an unconference in which community leaders can discuss the online community and help shape the future of the site. Then, of course, the Community Corner on the Pavilion floor will be your place to meet up with fellow community members, see demos, and check out 20-minute mini-talks from project owners and community members. The mini-talks will be recorded as podcasts, sent out during and after the show; you can subscribe to the feed at the podcast's home page, or via the iTunes link. Finally, if you're presenting a technical session, hands-on session, or BoF based on your project, please be sure to add it to the list of sessions on the wiki.

We've also added a second spotlight to announce that there's still room in the The JavaOne 2008 Student Program. This is a five-day program to attend the CommunityOne and JavaOne conferences in San Francisco next week, for free. Participants will have full access to the conference, including general sessions, technical sessions, birds-of-a-feather sessions (BoFs), specially developed Java University classes, a coupon for a free Java Certification Class, access to the JavaOne pavilion, t-shirts, lunches, the AfterDark party with Smashmouth, and more. Interested students should download and fax back the registration PDF as soon as possible, as space is limited.

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