NetBeans IDE

NetBeans IDE 6.7

Free
Integrated development environment for network applications
4.2  (322 votes)
6.3
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NetBeans is an open source Integrated Development Environment for software developers. It is compatible with Windows, Linux, Solaris, and MacOS. Developers can use this great tool to design software using Java SE/FX, Java, Ruby, C/C++, and PHP. It is sponsored by Sun Microsystems and is very powerful thanks to the contributions of thousands of users.
It is really a great tool because it integrates with lots of external resources: MySQL, DB2, Access, SQL Server, Web plugins and others.
With NetBeans you can create professional desktop applications using the Java GUI Builder with Swing Application Framework and Beans Binding. Design web applications using Ajax, JavaScript, and CSS. Make graphic applications that run on mobile phones and PDAs with the JavaFX Mobile, and the Java ME SDK 3.0 support.
This new version introduces integration with Project Kenai, a collaboration environment for developers to host open-source projects. It now integrates native support for Maven, GlassFish, and Hudson, and has improvements on Java, PHP, Ruby, Groovy, and C/C++, as well as support for JavaScript 1.7, and Java ME SDK 3.0.
Great IDE for software developers, besides is free and has excellent support and tutorials. It is a big application so it is recommended at least a 2.6 GHz Intel Pentium IV or better processor, 2GB in RAM, and 1GB of free disk space for Windows platforms.

Raul Iniguez
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Review summary

Pros

  • Multiplatform support.
  • Free.
  • Collaboration environment.
  • Java, PHP, C++, Ruby.
  • Plugin expansion

Cons

  • Complex interface
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