Posted by editor
on December 14, 2009 at 11:51 AM PST
This past couple weeks has seen a near flood of major software releases (GlassFish 3.0, NetBeans IDE 6.8), approvals of major specifications (Java EE 6 and a host of related JSRs), and the creation of Project Lambda (devoted to developing an implementation of closures for Java)...
This past couple weeks has seen a near flood of major software releases (GlassFish 3.0, NetBeans IDE 6.8), approvals of major specifications (Java EE 6 and a host of related JSRs), and the creation of Project Lambda (devoted to developing an implementation of closures for Java). I don't think there has been another period in the past year where so many important events have coincided. Even the stream of releases that occurred around JavaOne seem less significant than what we've seen in recent weeks.
The lastest event in this sequence was the FCS release of NetBeans IDE 6.8 . We're featuring the NetBeans release as this week's java.net Spotlight . The Version 6.8 release information provides the following overview of the release:
NetBeans IDE 6.8 is the first IDE to offer complete support for the entire Java EE 6 spec with improved support for JSF 2.0/Facelets, Java Persistence 2.0, EJB 3.1 including using EJBs in web applications, RESTful web services, and GlassFish v3. We also recommend it for developing with the latest JavaFX SDK 1.2.1, and for creating PHP web applications with the new PHP 5.3 release or with the Symfony Framework.
Our unique integration of Project Kenai , a collaborative environment for hosting open-source projects, now comes with full JIRA support, and improved instant messenger and issue tracker integration. We also added features to the IDE's Maven and database integration, and improved the editor and tools integration of Ruby, Groovy, and C/C++ projects.
The release page highlights these features as being most significant in the NetBeans 6.8 release:
- Java Enterprise Edition 6
- Web Projects with JavaServer Faces 2.0 (Facelets)
- JavaFX SDK 1.2.1 support
- Kenai.com: Connected Developer (full JIRA support)
- PHP 5.3 support
- Enhanced Maven support
- Enhanced Ruby support
- Enhanced C and C++ support
NetBeans IDE 6.8 Kenai Connected Developer integration
This week's java.net poll is also about the new NetBeans release. It asks "Do you plan to upgrade to NetBeans IDE 6.8? Voting will be open through Thursday into Friday.
In Java Today , Mark Reinhold posted Closures for Java: The Straw Man :
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