My top 5 NetBeans IDE plugins

Here at IDRsolutions most of us use NetBeans for Java development. There are loads of plugins you can get, so I thought it would be useful to list a few of my favourites. Some of these are plugins that I use on a daily basis, and there are others that I have seen demonstrated at conferences.

1. Checkstyle Beans

We use Checkstyle Beans to apply Checkstyle rules to our code base. The plugin will annotate code that breaks any of the rules by underlining it in yellow and adding a tag at the side. We use it to check we have whitespace in our code so that it’s clear and easy to read.

2. Gluon Plugin

This is a plugin I saw demonstrated at JavaOne last year. It allows you to write Java applications which can be used on both Android and iOS platforms.

 

 

3. Darcula LAF for NetBeans

Darcula changes the colour scheme of the entire IDE, making it easier on the eyes when coding for long periods of time.

4. Git Toolbar

This simple plugin adds a customised toolbar to your IDE with all the most common Git commands on it, saving you time.

Git toolbar

5. Jelastic NetBeans plugin

This plugin allows you to connect to a Jelastic cloud account from inside NetBeans. We have a tutorial showing you how to do this.

 

And a bonus one…

NetBeans PDF Viewer

We have made our own NetBeans plugin, which can open PDFs in a JavaFX Viewer.

 

NetBeans PDF Viewer plugin

 

So those are my favourite NetBeans plugins. What are yours?

 

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Bethan Palmer

Developer at IDR Solutions
Bethan is a Java developer at IDR Solutions and was a speaker at JavaOne 2016. She has a degree in English Literature and in her spare time enjoys sports including running and handball.

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Bethan is a Java developer at IDR Solutions and was a speaker at JavaOne 2016. She has a degree in English Literature and in her spare time enjoys sports including running and handball.

2 thoughts on “My top 5 NetBeans IDE plugins

  1. Hey, I’m not an active dev. anymore currently, you seem so, so an (bit offtopic) question: Would you prefer netbeans over android studio for app development?

    I tried netbeans once for webdevving, but when i loaded my htdocs folder in the tree view, it just crashed because it couldn’t handle ten-thousands of small html files, from one of my projects, must’ve been 2 or 3 y ago. Besides that i was very impressed with it, thats why i still follow it on Facebook, and stumbled upon your post :D. Have a lovely day.

  2. Hi Bart,
    Personally I would use NetBeans with the NBAndroid plugin. One of the things I like best about NetBeans is that I can use it for all my different development projects without having to learn to use a new IDE each time.

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