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NetBeans IDE 8.0 Arrives

NetBeans IDE 8.0 has arrived and the new package features "out-of-the-box" code analyzers and editors for working with the latest Java 8 technologies (that being Java SE 8, Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME Embedded 8), which are of course also newly launched.

The IDE itself is enhanced to improve its support for Maven and Java EE with PrimeFaces. There are new tools for HTML5, in particular for AngularJS; and improvements to PHP and C/C++ support.

If you're feeling international just now, then you can also rejoice in the fact that NetBeans IDE 8.0 is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Simplified Chinese.

More specifically in terms of the enhancements, when it comes to Java JDK 8 support we see tools and editor enhancements for working with Profiles, Lambdas, and Streams. Java SE Embedded support is here to deploy, run, debug, or profile Java SE applications on an embedded device, such as the Raspberry PI, directly from the NetBeans IDE. Java ME Embedded 8 support and several Java Editor enhancements, such as new Java hints, Javadoc shown as tooltip, instant rename enhancements, and code completion exclusions.

Maven gets a solid round of updates here: a New Maven graph layout switcher features, plus Navigator shows POM goals, additional web resources are shown in the Projects window, and there is improved Maven performance when rerunning web applications. Developers will also notice improved Maven performance of "Apply Code Changes" while debugging.

In terms of JavaScript, there are many enhancements for AngularJS in code completion between artifacts, such as code completion in the view to properties defined in controllers. Programmers should enjoy code completion support in Knockout templates, and there is new editor support for creating JQuery widgets and plugins. We almost missed the fact that debugging of JavaScript code executed in Nashorn (JDK 8+) script engine is supported.

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