Sun Bringing Python to NetBeans

Sun Microsystems pledges to bring Python to its NetBeans open-source integrated development environment. The Python support will come in future releases of the NetBeans IDE.

Sun Microsystems' NetBeans' open-source integrated development environment will support the Python language.

At the EuroPython 2008 conference in Vilnius, Lithuania, on July 8, Ted Leung, dynamic languages and tools architect at Sun, and Frank Wierzbicki, Jython project lead at Sun, announced that the NetBeans IDE will support Python and Jython in future releases. Jython is an implementation of Python on the JVM (Java virtual machine).

The latest NetBeans release, NetBeans IDE 6.1, supports Java, C/C++, JavaScript, Ruby and JRuby. JRuby is an implementation of Ruby on the JVM. In addition, the latest milestone build, NetBeans 6.5 M1, features support for PHP developers.

However, in his July 8 blog post, Leung said:

""One of the obvious things that Sun could do in the Python world is to make Python a supported language in the NetBeans IDE. NetBeans has really nice support for Ruby and JavaScript, so why should Python be left out? So today Sun is announcing that a future version of NetBeans will provide support for Python. We are not announcing which release of NetBeans that will be because we are taking an unconventional (at least for NetBeans) path towards providing that support.""

Meanwhile, Kuldip Oberoi, a group manager of Developer Tools & Linux Marketing at Sun, also in a July 8 blog post, said:

""Python is not new to Sun with a long history of use, including with the new Image Packaging System (IPS) utilized in OpenSolaris OS. Python is available, today, for OpenSolaris 2008.05 via its repository and in Cool Stack for Solaris 10 systems. With our recent history of engagement with the Ruby/JRuby and Rails communities, we look forward in increasing our participation in the Python communities.""

Moreover, "at the core of the effort to bring Python/Jython support to the NetBeans IDE, is the formation of the NBPython Project, led by community member Allan Davis," Oberoi said.

In addition, the Sun Developer Network is also launching the Python Developer Center and is planning to feature Python/Jython technologies in future Sun Tech Days events, Oberoi said.