What Is New With Netbeans 7.3

Netbeans IDE 7.3 has just been released. While it is used primarily by Java developers, it is also quite popular amongst web developers and system developers. So, what’s new with Netbeans 7.3 ?

NetBeans now also supports HTML5 and offers automatic code completion for HTML5 elements (Project Easel). Code completion is also available for the jQuery JavaScript framework and for CSS3. Deep integration with WebKit and Chrome is also a theme of NetBeans 7.3: HTML previews in the IDE are handled by an internal WebKit-based browser, while a Chrome browser extension allows debugging of web applications from within NetBeans. The plugin makes use of WebKit’s debugging protocol to enable this. The IDE can also generate JavaScript client code to access a server’s Java-based REST services.
The development of code for the Java platform is now aided by new recommendations and refactorings in the editor and by new options for editing FXML files in JavaFX projects. The Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) and its associated GlassFish reference implementation are enhanced by the new JPQL (Java Persistence Query Language) editor that allows queries to be launched and tested straight from within the editor. Finally, the new version supports the profiling of Java applications on Linux ARM systems, including the Raspberry Pi.

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The biggest improvement is the HTML5 and Javascript development support. It is also becoming more of a web-centric IDE. Compared to the old system-centric IDE. After all, Java was mainly used in embedded system.

For a full list of major changes, check out Netbeans Wiki.