NetBeans 7.4 Update Extends HTML 5 Support to Java EE and PHP, JDK 8 Developer Previews
Aiming to satisfy the growing demand among Java developers for support for newer technologies used to build advanced user interfaces, Oracle this week released another update of the NetBeans integrated development environment (IDE). Version 7.4 of the IDE extends the HTML 5 support provided in the previous release to Java EE and PHP applications, and becomes the first IDE to provide support for JDK 8 developer preview builds.
Oracle is throwing a spotlight on the HTML 5 development features in this release, but giving developers a chance to use NetBeans with JDK 8 is also big news. Java jocks will have a chance to work with compact profiles, Lambda expressions (anonymous functions), virtual extension methods, Type Annotations and Repeating Annotations.
NetBeans is a free, open source IDE. It's available for Windows, Mac, Solaris and Linux. NetBeans 7.4 can be downloaded here.
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