NetBeans 6.1 Beta Features New JavaScript, Ruby and Spring Support

This week Sun Microsystems launched a beta of NetBeans 6.1, the next version of its Java-based, open source integrated development environment (IDE).

The new version of NetBeans features a number of improvements, such as the addition of JavaScript technology features to support AJAX-based Web applications, plus tighter MySQL database integration, the company said. JavaScript improvements include code completion, semantic highlighting and type analysis, among others.

Other changes include support for the latest version of Ruby on Rails and the Spring Framework, plus improved sharing tools as well as ClearCase, AXIS and SOAP UI update center modules.

"This release of NetBeans IDE exemplifies the innovation and success of the open source initiatives at Sun," stated Sun's Jim Parkinson, vice president of Tools and Services, in the announcement. "With NetBeans 6.1 IDE, we expect adoption rates to continue to go through the roof, especially with the new JavaScript software functionality and the tighter integration work taking place with the MySQL database."

More information on the new version and the beta download can be found here.

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