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21 December 2009, 14:16

NetBeans 6.9 will aim to be a better platform

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NetBeans 6.9 will see major improvements on supporting Java developers who use NetBeans as a platform for developing rich clients, according to Jim Parkinson, Senior Vice President of Engineering at Sun Microsystems. NetBeans has, for a long time, been developed as a platform for applications which in turn supports the NetBeans IDE. Although the functionality has been available and customers have made use of it in developing their own applications, it has never been a primary focus for the NetBeans developers, at least until NetBeans 6.8. In a recent podcast though, Parkinson says that this is changing and, in NetBeans 6.9, there will be a number of enhancements specifically aimed at the Enterprise RCP developers.

Most notably, NetBeans 6.9 will support the existing NetBeans modules system and OSGi bundles at runtime, allowing for integration with components written to work with the industry wide module system. An enhanced embedded web browser, JWebPane, will be included in 6.9, along with the Swing Validation library. Improved build support for RCP applications using Maven, headless builds, easier branding, improved JNLP support and improvements to examples and documentation all aim to make NetBeans 6.9 a more attractive option for developers of Java desktop applications. The current list of planned features is published on the NetBeans wiki.

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