The sunday of JavaOne is often one of the best days of the show as lots of less formal events are organised by the development groups at Oracle and in the Community. I have already mentioned the GlassFish unconference and there is also going to be a NetBeans event.
NetBeans has seen a huge amount of development in the last 12 months. For just hacking Java code, I have always personally felt IDEA had an edge. With release 7.2, NetBeans has done a huge amount of catching up with speed improvements, FindBugs integration and its bulk refactoring features.
And NetBeans provides far more than just an IDE to write Java code. It is also a platform on which you can build your own applications (with a lot less effort than trying to do it from scratch), and a development environment for Java technologies. We use it every day for JavaFX and GlassFish development. We will be talking about some of this is our JavaOne talk ‘BOF3332 – Lessons Learned in Writing a PDF-to-JavaFX Converter for NetBeans‘
Lots of the developments in Java are also mirrored in NetBeans which provides a strong development platform for technologies like JavaFX and GlassFish. So there are talks covering not just NetBeans itself but also JavaFX, and Java EE.
The NetBeans team will be at the event so if you are familiar with NetBeans, you are bound learn something and if you have never tried NetBeans, isn’t it time you found out what it might offer you. So it will be well worth attending (they often have a great goodie bag as well!).
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