Sun Delivers NetBeans 6.7

Sun Microsystems and the NetBeans developer community announce the availability of the NetBeans 6.7, a new version of the open-source IDE for Java developers.

Sun Microsystems and the NetBeans developer community June 29 announced the availability of the NetBeans 6.7, a new version of the open-source Integrated Development Environment for Java developers.

NetBeans 6.7 delivers "tight integration with Project Kenai, Sun's collaborative hosting site for free and open-source projects. Developers can download the free, full-featured NetBeans IDE 6.7 at," Sun said in a news release.

The integration of NetBeans with will "allow developers to stay in the IDE to create projects in the cloud, get sources from Kenai projects, and query, open and edit issues for them using Bugzilla. NetBeans IDE users can also quickly navigate between hosted projects and local sources, while developers can easily stay connected with other team members with an integrated chat, Kenai's user profiles, wikis and mailing lists," the company said.

"The advances in the latest version of NetBeans will have a huge impact in the productivity of developers," Jim Parkinson, vice president of Developer Products and Programs at Sun, said in the release. "The integration between NetBeans and Kenai allows developers to stay in their IDE and quickly navigate between, local code, bug reports, IM chats and project wikis. Instead of interruptions, interactions with code, project information and other team members becomes a natural part of the developers' workflow." According to the release:

"Other key features of NetBeans IDE 6.7 include:. Support for Maven, a community software project management and comprehension tool;. New "Team" menu provides access to projects on;. Automated continuous integration system with Hudson, an extensible Java-based solution ... which makes it easier for developers to integrate changes to their project, and makes it easier for users to obtain a fresh build;. Improved PHP support allowing developers to connect with each other and the latest technologies;. Support for Zembly, a single registry and repository of popular Web APIs. The Zembly Client Library NetBeans plug-in enables developers to discover popular APIs and with a simple Drag and Drop functionality, create the necessary code to consume the APIs from Java and JavaFX applications."

According to Sun, "Other highlights of the NetBeans IDE 6.7 release [include] improved PHP and GlassFish software support. The NetBeans IDE provides a rich set of features for Ruby, Groovy, and JavaScript and other technologies. Support for JavaFX 1.2 technology is currently available for NetBeans IDE 6.5.1 and will soon be available for NetBeans IDE 6.7."