Previously I wrote a article on “My five favourite NetBeans Features”. After spending more of my time on NetBeans I have come across even more features which i feel could be useful. Some of them especially should be pointed out because if your new or a regular user of NetBeans you may not know that they exsist.
1) Example projects
Recently at IDRSolutions we have been working on our JavaFX PDF Viewer we have been implementing lots of cool features although there have been some slightly more challenging things which we have tried implementing. After researching for what I was after I came across a bunch of different start up projects which were sample projects. Some of the sample projects include sample projects in Java,JavaFX,HTML5, Maven and many many more.
To find these sample projects you will need to create a new project and from the Choose Project option you will need to select the drop down “Samples” from there you will see a variety of different options.
Sometimes you fancy a change, if your a programmer and spend all day staring at the screen it can get a little bit boring, you can keep your netbeans IDE up to date and interesting by installing different themes, not only does this keep things fresh and different.
3) The ability to install plugins
I love the fact that NetBeans has different plugins which are available for download. these plugins are not only plugins which have been written by the netbeans team but they are also written by people who use netbeans on a regular basis. For example IDRSolutions have their own plugin which allows the user to view PDF’s.
4) Tools for Maven
Maven is really the key feature of NetBeans IDE, since it is the meeting point of so many different technologies and tools. No plugins needed in NetBeans IDE for this, just open the folder containing your POM and the IDE does the rest, defining the project in the IDE completely from your POM.
5) Split screen
This is the most simplest of features that NetBeans have but I’m pretty sure that not all of you know its there, yo can have the ability to not only have multiple projects open but you can also spilt your screen. If you click and hold the class name and drag to the position on the screen where you want it net beans will put it there. I found this useful if i am comparing projects.
What are your favorite features of NetBeans?
IDRsolutions develop a Java PDF library, a PDF forms to HTML5 converter, a PDF to HTML5 or SVG converter and a Java Image Library that doubles as an ImageIO replacement. On the blog our team post about anything interesting they learn about.