The NetBeans IDE version 7.4 release arrives this week with extended and advanced HTML5 development support.
Additional highlights include support for preview versions of JDK 8 as well as continued enhancements to JavaFX, PHP, C/C++, and the Maven software project management and comprehension tool.
Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project's build, reporting, and documentation from a central piece of information.
NetBeans IDE 7.4 is on something of a world tour and so is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Simplified (as opposed to Complicated) Chinese.
Also here there is editing support for stylesheet languages including SASS and LESS, options for browser switcher in the main toolbar, the ability to save changes from Chrome Developer Tools, and a network monitor.
In terms of PHP-related updates, HTML5 features will be available in PHP applications, there is Nette Framework 2 (with Latte templates) and Zend Framework 2 support, Atoum testing framework support, and programmers will also find Editor and Rename type refactoring improvements.
Extended notes also point to Java Preview support for JDK 8, a new Tasks Dashboard and Notifications windows, Lock Contention for profiling tasks, a Bugzilla Offline Mode, and enhancements to Versioning tools Subversion, Git, and Mercurial.