Nowadays who likes to write long and lengthy codes? Welcome to the world of IDE’s (Integrated Development Environment). In this article, I will introduce you to the a popular, common and free IDE that is NetBeans IDE.
NetBeans offers many programming languages which are:
- Java SE
- Java ME
- Java EE
NetBeans is written in JAVA, so it can run anywhere if a compatible JVM is installed. A JDK (Java Development Kit) is required for the programming of Java, but a JDK is not required for programming other languages. It provides an integrated development environment to an application developer so that it is very easy to do your work and complete it fast if compared to writing the full long codes. Applications which are based on NetBeans platform can be extended by third-party developers.
In 1977 Roman Stanek founded a company that produced the commercial versions of NetBeans. In 1999, the company was then bought by Sun Microsystems which open-sourced NetBeans in June 2000. In 2010 NetBeans was acquired by Oracle.
In April 2011 NetBeans IDE 7.0 was released and on August 1, 2011, NetBeans IDE 7.0.1 was released. It has full support for the release of the Java Se 7 platform. This version of NetBeans is packed with all programming features that a programmer would definitely require.
Applications based on NetBeans Platform can include the update Center module which would allow the users of the application to download digitally-signed upgrades and new features of the application directly into the running application and best of all if the update is available it would not force the user to download the entire application again it will only download the files which are to be upgraded.
The platform offers many features to the developers so they can better enhance and improve their applications. Some of the features of the platform are:
- User interface management (e.g. menus and toolbars)
- User settings management
- Storage management (saving and loading any kind of data)
- Window management
- Wizard framework (supports step-by-step dialogs)
- NetBeans Visual Library
- Integrated Development Tools
- Debugging Tools
- Building Project into .jar
GUI is also known as Project Matisse. The GUI design-tool enables developers to design their form or Swing GUIs by dragging and positioning GUI components. The GUI is offered by NetBeans IDE
This kind of platform and IDE has made programming very simple. Programming will no longer be the same if we use NetBeans IDE. The GUI in NetBeans is of great help and it has all the functions that are required by an IDE.
NetBeans is one of the finest IDE in my opinion, and you can get it here. It is free and open-source and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Eclipse may also interest you.