Last month a friend of mine asked some tips on what to do to migrate an application running on top of weblogic 6.x to version 9.
Sun and NetBeans are putting a tremendous effort to put NetBeans IDE/Platform on the lead of the IDE race.
Do you wanna see how James Gosling, Charlie Hunt, Rich Green, Tim Boudreau, Simon Phipps and a lot of personalities from javaland got a kick ? Go and see this amazing video, made during JavaOne 2006.
How much time do you need to assemble and configure a usable java development environment with the regular tools a java developer needs to start coding ? Well, you can cut some time here, by using a Linux LiveCD with Java Tools, just boot it up and your initial java environment is ready to the first javac.
This LiveCD is very useful when:
NetBeans 5.5 (beta) doesn't make available by default the JavaDB (based on Apache Derby) on to Tools menu. Note, the Enterprise Pack is not installed.
NetBeans lauched NetBeans 5.5 Enterprise Pack, preview release (read it as a early access release). The main goal of 5.5 is Java EE 5 support, so with that preview release, Sun bundled UML, BPEL and other EE things.
When the NetBeans Look and Fell competition were launched, the date was close to when I discovered substance-netbeans. As I already used Substance (btw, a cool LAF), I saw more and more screenshots of netbeans and substance.
The community is awesome to provide feedback about quality and features. The comments left to the previous entry, made me improve the NetBeans Module Startup Settings I am developing.
NetBeans IDE as a pure Java Swing app, can use any JVM parameters, it can be specified at netbeans.conf file, as Charlie Hunt blogged about that, see NetBeans IDE: Adding/Changing JVM command line args.