Download: NetBeans 4.0 IDE Beta from Sun

Last week, Sun released the NetBeans IDE 4.0 Beta, which sports a number of key upgrades, including: support for Tiger (J2SE 5.0), a rewritten Ant-based project system, and Java refactoring. Get more details, and access to the free download for Windows, Linux, Solaris and MacOS X.

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IDN Executive Overview

Among topics covered in this article are:


  • A look Sun's upgrade features for its NetBeans 4.0 Open Source Java IDE; including (a) Tiger (J2SE 5.0) support; (b) J2ME MIDP support; (c) Java refractoring, and (d) (b) addition of an ANT-based project system;
  • Preview of NetBeans 4.0 performance jump via JFluid; and
  • Links for a free download of NetBeans 4.0 and NetBeans support

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    by Integration Developer News staff

    This week, Sun released the NetBeans IDE 4.0 Beta, which sports a number of key upgrades, including: support for Tiger (J2SE 5.0), a rewritten Ant-based project system, and Java refactoring.Download the NetBeans 4.0 beta.



    The initial Early Access release of the Performance Profiler is available now as a separate module collection download for NetBeans IDE 3.6. The beta version will be available as an additional download for the production version of NetBeans IDE 4.0 in December.



    Here's a rundown of NetBeans 4.0 key features/upgrades:



  • Tiger (J2SE 5.0) support -- Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition 5.0 enhancements to NetBeans include support in the NetBeans' editor, debugger, refactoring services for J2SE 5.0 metadata, generics, enumerated types and autoboxing of primitive types.



  • Ant-based project system - A new project system based on the Open Source Apache Ant technologies, including project types for J2SE desktop, two-tier web applications (JSPs, servlets), and MIDP applications.



  • J2ME MIDP support -- Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME) Mobile Information Device Profile (MIDP) 2.0 enhancements to NetBeans include support for the CDLC 1.1 (Connected, Limited Device Configuration), support for code obfuscation (commonly used to reduce application size), and easier NetBeans integration with third party phone/device emulators.



  • Java refactoring - Refactoring in NetBeans 4.0 provides: renames (class/method/field), move class, rename package, change method parameters, encapsulate field and find references.



  • J2EE enhanced support(October planned release) -- A Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition "module collection" is planned to extend the NetBeans IDE Web-Tier development capabilities and will allow EJB and Web Services development. This module will include: ability to create EJB modules/session means; synchronize deployment descriptor files; provide a web services wizard for creating web services and web services artifacts.


  • Also coming in a later (separate) download, NetBeans plans to offer a "Performance Profiler" by adding a CPU and memory performance profiler based on SunLabs' JFluid research project.





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