The top 5 features of NetBeans IDE 8 are as follows:
1. Tools for Java 8 Technologies. Anyone interested in getting started with lambdas, method references, streams, and profiles in Java 8 can do so immediately by downloading NetBeans IDE 8. Java hints and code analyzers help you upgrade anonymous inner classes to lambdas, right across all your code bases, all in one go. Java hints in the Java editor let you quickly and intuitively switch from lambdas to method references, and back again. Moreover, Java SE Embedded support entails that you’re able to deploy, run, debug or profile Java SE applications on an embedded device, such as Raspberry PI, directly from NetBeans IDE. No new project type is needed for this, you can simply use the standard Java SE project type for this purpose.
2. Tools for Java EE Developers. The code generators for which NetBeans IDE is well known have been beefed up significantly. Where before you could create bits and pieces of code for various popular Java EE component libraries, you can now generate complete PrimeFaces applications, from scratch, including CRUD functionality and database connections.
Additionally, the key specifications of the Java EE 7 Platform now have new and enhanced tools, such as for working with JPA and CDI, as well as Facelets. Let’s not forget to mention in this regard that Tomcat 8.0 and TomEE are now supported, too, with a new plugin for WildFly in the NetBeans Plugin Manager.
3. Tools for Maven. A key strength of NetBeans IDE, and a reason why many developers have started using it over the past years, is its out of the box support for Maven. No need to install a Maven plugin, since it’s a standard part of the IDE. No need to deal with IDE-specific files, since the POM provides the project structure. And now, in NetBeans IDE 8.0, there are enhancements to the graph layouting, enabling you to visualize your POM in various ways, while also being able to graphically exclude dependencies from the POM file, without touching the XML. Performance enhancements, as always, are part of the Maven improvements too.
Also, remember that there’s no need to download the AngularJS Seed template, since it’s built into the NetBeans New Project wizard.
Whether you’re doing pure Java development, pure HTML5 development, or hybrid development across these two platforms, NetBeans IDE 8.0 has the latest tools for you to do so, together with a range of enhancements in its best of breed support for PHP and C/C++.
- JDK 8 support: tools and editor enhancements for working with Profiles, Lambdas, and Streams.
- Java SE Embedded support to deploy, run, debug or profile Java SE applications on an embedded device, such as Raspberry PI, directly from the NetBeans IDE.
- Java ME Embedded 8 support.
- Several Java Editor enhancements, such as many new Java hints, Javadoc shown as tooltip, instant rename enhancements, and code completion exclusions.
- Improved integration with JavaFX Scene Builder.
- New PrimeFaces code generators, to generate complete PrimeFaces skeleton CRUD applications with connection to databases.
- Support for WildFly Server and WebLogic 12.1.3
- Bundled GlassFish updated to 4.1
- Tomcat 8.0.9 and TomEE support, including out-of-box JPA, JSF and JAXRS configuration and data sources.
- Facelets Template Client wizard asks for sections to generate.
- Code completion for template sections, and within JSF composite components.
- Enhanced CDI integration in beans.xml file, with code completion for alternative classes and stereotypes.
- More flexibility for JPA hints, which can be disabled, enabled, and warning level changed.
- New Maven graph layout switcher.
- Navigator shows POM goals.
- Additional web resources shown in Projects window.
- Improved Maven performance when re-running Web applications.
- Improved Maven performance of “Apply Code Changes” while debugging.
- RequireJS Support
- AngularJS navigation via hyperlinking from view to controllers.
- Many enhancements for AngularJS in code completion between artifacts, such as code completion in the view to properties defined in controllers.
- Code completion support in Knockout templates.
- New editor support for creating JQuery widgets and plugins.
- Android 4.4 WebKit debugging supported for Cordova 3.3+.
- New Karma test runner support.
- New Grunt build support.
- Avatar.js is available in the Plugin Manager, via Tools | Plugins. After installation, you’re able to create Avatar.js projects.
- Support for PHP 5.6.
- New support for Nette tester.
- New support for PHP CS Fixer.
- Enhancements for Twig, Latte, and Neon.
- Composer supported by New Project Wizard.
- New Breadcrumbs feature for navigation in editor.
- New GDB Console to enable usage of command line GDB mode.
- New hints and code completions.
- Improved remote performance.
- Enhanced flexibility in the Window System, such as split of editor via drag and drop, and a new API to customize editor tabs.
- New design of user interface for managing Project Groups.
- Files in folders can be sorted by extension.
- Profiler enhancements: Profile on embedded platforms, show thread owning monitor for lock contention, and improved Threads view.
- Version enhancements: Support for Subversion 1.8 working copies, various enhancements to Git and Mercurial support.
- Task Schedule and other new features in Tasks window for bug tracking.