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NetBeans 6.9 Released

Oracle has announced availability of NetBeans IDE 6.9. NetBeans IDE 6.9 introduces JavaFX Composer, a visual editor and layout tool for building JavaFX applications.

With JavaFX Composer, organizations can quickly build, visually edit, and debug Rich Internet Applications (RIA) and bind components to various data sources, including databases and Web services. For more on JavaFX, see JavaFX Database Programming with Java DB and The JavaFX JDBC Data Source. NetBeans IDE 6.9 also offers OSGi interoperability, letting developers easily create OSGi bundles for applications based on the NetBeans Platform.

NetBeans IDE 6.9 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Oracle Solaris, and, according to Oracle, provides improved editing and development capabilities, including:

  • Improved Java language editing with more than 80 new "hints", to enhance developer productivity.
  • Additional support for Java Enterprise Edition 6, including Contexts and Dependency Injection (CDI) and JSR-299.
  • Support for CSS code completion, find usages, and renaming capabilities for HTML and CSS.
  • The ability to quickly code, test, and deploy OSGi bundles using Maven and Felix.
  • Bundled Felix container with the ability to deploy other containers, such as Equinox.
  • Support for the Spring 3.0 framework; PHP Zend framework, as well as better PHP formatting and code completion; Ruby on Rails 3.0 and specification of which gems the IDE should reference.

"NetBeans 6.9 continues the tradition of providing the best open source IDE for Java application developers," said Ted Farrell, chief architect and senior vice president, Tools and Middleware, Oracle. "This is the first NetBeans release under Oracle's stewardship, and we have continued to focus on the visual tooling capabilities within the IDE. We believe that the ease-of-use and developer productivity provided by NetBeans is key in helping developers of any skill level take advantage of all of the great Java technologies."

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