The wait is over, as NetBeans IDE 6.5 Milestone 1, is available for download! Yes, a new version is out, and I am really excited to see new features! Before I go any further, I must tell you what I missed in NetBeans 6.0, 6.1 IDE-
- Action Wizard with no scrollbar, was really troublesome, as I had to change my system resolution to 1024 by 768, everytime I wanted to use this Wizard!
- Proper Language Integration Framework, there have been a lot of discussion on the mailing lists, on having a unified language integration framework (I am still exploring Generic Language Framework).
Few months back, I have started exploring the NetBeans Platform for RCP and I have recently contributed a lot of documentation on XML Layer! So, the above points are related to NetBeans Platform, as I haven’t used the IDE for any other type of projects for so long!
Also, I missed out on NetCAT 6.0 and CA Survey 6.1! I was new to the community when NetCAT happened, and at the time of Survey, I was having exams! Anyways, I am enjoying dealing with RCP on a daily basis, and hope to make some cool features for the IDE, some day!
What I saw today?
The Action Wizard has got a scrollbar, what a relief! Phew… I can feel it, its such an important enhancement, will save a lot of time. Though, I was not able to Install/Reload in Target Platform, it was disabled don’t know why, might be a bug! Plugin Manager had so many new plugins available, support for Scala, Groovy is also there! Many modules from contrib were present as well.
New font colors, for Java source files, XML Layer! I guess the font has changed as well.
FONT resembles the ONE used in Ubuntu!
Hey, I also saw Quick Search Toolbar, Geertjan had blogged about it recently, and there exists Dzone Articles as well. Though, it doesn’t seem to work in the Milestone 1, however expect all these features and many more listed on NetBeans.org, to be available in NB 6.5 IDE Beta Version!
Java Editor and GUI Matisse Builder
Better parsing; control over “Qualified Names of Classes“; enhanced visiblity of code; changes in Action- “Encapsulate Fields…”, more options now available such as Insert Point, Sort By, Javadoc…
Lets you insert the getter/setter’s OR both, above/below any existing method in code, by selecting an option from DropDown list.
Lets you sort the getter/setter’s OR both, to be generated in a specific order, by selecting an option from its DropDown list.
Lets you create Javadoc for your getter/setter’s OR both, by selecting following options from DropDown list –
- Create default comments
- Copy from field
Refer this tips and Tricks, apply those steps in this Milestone, you would see a change. I will update that trick for this Milestone soon!
I would suggest you all to have a look and feel of the IDE, make some sample applications, test, review and give feedback! You may do it more efficiently by participating in NetCAT 6.5! I have applied and waiting for the selection results.
sTay Tuned for More Reviews…