NetBeans IDE lets you quickly and easily develop Java desktop, mobile, and web applications, while also providing great tools for PHP and C/C++ developers. It is free and open source and has a large community of users and developers around the world.
NetBeans IDE provides first-class comprehensive support for
the newest Java technologies and latest Java enhancements before
other IDEs. It is the first IDE providing support for JDK 7,
Java EE 7, and JavaFX 2.
With its constantly improving Java Editor, many rich features and an extensive range of tools, templates and samples, NetBeans IDE sets the standard for developing with cutting edge technologies out of the box.
An IDE is much more than a text editor. The NetBeans Editor
indents lines, matches words and brackets, and highlights source
code syntactically and semantically. It also provides code
templates, coding tips, and refactoring tools.
Keeping a clear overview of large applications, with thousands
of folders and files, and millions of lines of code, is a
daunting task. NetBeans IDE provides different views of your
data, from multiple project windows to helpful tools for setting
up your applications and managing them efficiently, letting you
drill down into your data quickly and easily, while giving you
versioning tools via Subversion, Mercurial, and Git integration
out of the box.
When new developers join your project, they can understand the structure of your application because your code is well-organized.
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Design GUIs for Java EE, Java SE, and Java ME applications
quickly and smoothly by dragging and positioning GUI components
from a palette into the NetBeans Editor.
For Java SE applications, the NetBeans GUI Builder automatically takes care of correct spacing and alignment, while supporting in-place editing, as well. The GUI builder is so intuitive that it has been used to prototype GUIs at customer presentations.
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More information on Swing GUI Builder
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The cost of buggy code increases the longer it remains
unfixed. NetBeans provides static analysis tools, especially
integration with the widely used FindBugs tool, for identifying
and fixing common problems in Java code. In addition, the
NetBeans Debugger lets you place breakpoints in your source
code, add field watches, step through your code, run into
methods, take snapshots and monitor execution as it occurs.
The NetBeans Profiler provides expert assistance for optimizing your application's speed and memory usage, and makes it easier to build reliable and scalable Java SE, JavaFX and Java EE applications. NetBeans IDE includes a visual debugger for Java SE applications, letting you debug user interfaces without looking into source code. Take GUI snapshots of your applications and click on user interface elements to jump back into the related source code.
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Support for Multiple Languages
Cross Platform Support
Rich Set of Community Provided Plugins
NetBeans IDE can be installed on all operating systems that support Java, from Windows to Linux to Mac OS systems. Write Once, Run Anywhere, is as true for NetBeans IDE as it is for your own applications... because NetBeans IDE itself is written in Java, too!
The NetBeans community is large and active; many users
are developing new plugins all the time because NetBeans
IDE is extensible and has well-documented APIs. Are you
missing a feature in NetBeans IDE? Create a plugin that
fills the gap and participate in making NetBeans even
better than it already is!