NetBeans 6 has finally reached the full release version and is available for download today.
I’ve said before that NetBeans 6 is an important release for the NetBeans team and I believe it is one of (if not the) best IDE’s available for Java, Ruby and Ruby on Rails amongst others like the upcoming JavaFX.
Reasons why I like NetBeans 6:
- The UI is polished and extremely useable.
- The plugin interface is much better than the one in Eclipse.
- Getting the latest version is a very simple excercise and there are not 50 different versions to have to decide from. (try looking for the WTP edition of Eclipse for example).
- It has a much better way of managing application settings – more like a normal app not one set per workspace.
- The files you work on are much easier to organise.
- Java, JavaFX, Ruby and Ruby on Rails apps can be developed in this IDE out of the box and the IDE does a very very impressive job of making your life easy.
- The IDE is really customizable and the settings menu is easy to navigate.
As you may have guessed I have been using Eclipse and I have found NetBeans so much better. There’s a handy plugin that will convert Eclipse apps over to netbeans – just in case you are worried about switching ;0)
Picture taken from NetBeans anouncement Email
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