NetBeans 8.1. IDE Released
- By John K. Waters
NetBeans 8.1 is now generally available, the open source IDE's community announced. This upgrade of the popular open source Java IDE supports developers working with Java SE 8, Java SE Embedded 8, and Java ME Embedded 8, and adds a number of new tools and enhancements.
This release also boasts improved support for the Maven repository, the Java EE framework PrimeFaces and the PHP and C/C++ languages.
The redesigned NetBeans Profiler in version 8.1 will be of particular interest to Java developers, as will performance enhancements in Java search tools; new features in code completion (IntelliSense); and a more expressive Navigator that shows overridden and implemented methods for quicker understanding of the structure of Java classes. And for the first time, the IDE supports mixed Java/C++ development via new integration with Java Native Interface (JNI) and Java Native Access (JNA) technologies.
For Java EE developers, NetBeans 8.1 adds support for deployments in Oracle's WebLogic Server, and the WildFly Web (JBoss) app server, versions 9 and 10.
The complete list of new features and enhancements in NetBeans 8.1 is available on the NetBeans community Web site.
John has been covering the high-tech beat from Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area for nearly two decades. He serves as Editor-at-Large for Application Development Trends (www.ADTMag.com) and contributes regularly to Redmond Magazine, The Technology Horizons in Education Journal, and Campus Technology. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Everything Guide to Social Media; The Everything Computer Book; Blobitecture: Waveform Architecture and Digital Design; John Chambers and the Cisco Way; and Diablo: The Official Strategy Guide.