For a while now, NetBeans has been my IDE of choice when working on various projects. Here’s a run down of my five favourite NetBeans features.
1. Web out of the box
Mercurial is IDR Solutions version control of choice and as such it’s great to have an IDE which supports it. NetBeans shows you changes made on each line as well as offering a a very nice graphical diff view, showing the original file and the changed file side by side.
3. Search Features
NetBeans has a lot of search features. The one I probably use the most is “find usages” which allows you to search where a class or variable is used within the code. There are also many options to allow you to limit or expand the scope of the search.
4. Java Application Servers
NetBeans has support for most of the Java application servers which are used today. I personally use Glassfish and have found that the tight integration it has with the IDE is invaluable for debugging various issues thanks to the being able to see the Glassfish logs in real time. When running a Web Application from NetBeans you can instantly redeploy whenever you make a change to the code and the whole process is seamless.
5. Customisable Hints and Warnings
On top of the error warnings you would expect from any IDE worth it’s salt, NetBeans has a wide array of hints to help you out in everyday coding, from the trivial (missing @param in Javadoc) to the potentially problematic issues (like attempting to dereference a possible null pointer). You can also choose which ones you want and which ones to disable.
This post is part of our “NetBeans article Index” series. In these articles, we aim to explore NetBeans in different ways, from useful hint and tips, to our how-to’s, experiences and usage of the NetBeans IDE.
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