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NetBeans 6.8 Beta Now Available

Posted by editor on October 26, 2009 at 9:57 AM PDT

The Netbeans team has announced that NetBeans 6.8 Beta is now available for download. Highlights of the release include:

support for JSF 2.0/Facelets, Java Persistence 2.0, EJB 3.1 including using EJBs in web applications, RESTful web services, and GlassFish v3. The IDE's integration with Project Kenai, a collaborative environment for hosting open-source projects, now offers full support for JIRA and improved instant messenger and issue tracker integration. PHP support has been extended to include the Symfony framework and PHP 5.3. The release also supports the JavaFX SDK 1.2.1, and comes with added features to the IDE's Maven and database integration, and improvements to the editor and tools for Ruby, Groovy, and C/C++ projects. NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese and Simplified Chinese, as well as in several community-translated languages.

Writing about the earlier M2 version of NetBeans 6.8, Adam Bien noted that "you can actually develop a whole Java EE 6 application without any XML (no ejb-jar.xml, no application.xml no faces-config.xml) - except the persistence.xml." He also said that "NetBeans 6.8m2 is already surprisingly stable. I used the development build of NetBeans 6.8 in a workshop last week and it worked without major problems on different operating systems." So, we can expect the Beta to be even more stable.

Elliott Rusty Harold commented that the new release "looks good," but he also thinks that "Netbeans is going to have an even harder time making headway now that IntelliJ is open source too."

You can learn more about NetBeans IDE 6.8 and download the Beta, or read the full announcement.


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