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NetBeans 5.0 Beta is out...

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Joined: 2003-06-10


Still a J2EE 1.4 IDE, but you can register GlassFish instances there, and then use all the J2EE capabilities of the IDE and target GlassFish.
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Joined: 2005-09-20

Great, I'm really looking forward to trying this out with the new Glassfish build.

May I ask what makes NetBeans 5.0 a J2EE 1.4 IDE? What does it need to be a J2EE 1.5 IDE?

Joined: 2003-06-10

To be a Java EE 5 IDE, the wizards need to change a bit to generate files wiht annotations instead of updating the ejb-jar or web.xml files.
The Projects need also to behave nicely when there is no more ejb-jar.xml or web.xml file.
Then for Entity beans support, a new ORM map tool has to be there with annotation helpers and EJB QL parser, etc,...

Also this work is going on in parallel, but not in the NetBeans 5.0 beta
or NetBeans 5.0 product.

You can start playing with early builds by downloading the "Java EE 5" nightly builds from

Make sure you pick the "Java EE 5" choice in the combo box
called "Choose Release Version"

Much more features in these preview builds soon.