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JavaOne Tokyo '05: NetBeans Day highlights 5.0

Posted by joconner on November 7, 2005 at 9:54 AM PST

Jeff Jackson, Greg Sporar, and others played to a tough crowd, but I think the message about NetBeans got across even if the jokes or short skits didn't. In the end, the message I got was this: NetBeans has come a long way very quickly, and there's no slowing it down. Everyone has their favorite editor, so I can't expect to change many opinions here. However, just to keep yourself up-to-date with what's going on, you owe it to yourself to evaluate NetBeans 5.0.

Here are a few notable features that I noticed in NetBeans 5.0:

  • Improved editor hints not only find problems in your code, but can fix them too.
  • Code completion gets turbo charged. You've gotten used to code completion by's been around for awhile. But the NB team has gone a step further. You can now type just the uppercased letter of each word in a method or class, invoke code completion, and get a list of completion candidates that match your abbreviated hint. For example, say your creating an can type
    Exception e = new ISE<CTRL>+<SPACE>

    This is enough information for NetBeans to bring up a candidate list containing this:


  • more refactoring support, something we can always use more of.
  • more J2EE servers are supported right out of the box, including JBoss 4 and WebLogic 9
  • online collaboration tools; you can chat with others and can even have them look and change your code all online.
  • lots of others I'm just too tired to list

Members of the Java Studio Enterprise and Java Studio Creator teams were there too.

Of course, you can't have a Sun sponsored event without a new t-shirt or two. Jeff Jackson and others launched a few newly minted NetBeans shirts into the crowd:


As if the NetBeans guys understood that descriptions of code completion, server integration, and collaboration tools can get pretty dry, they cooled things down with a beer bash/reception afterwards:

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