NetBeans IDE 6.9 gets first release candidate
The NetBeans developers have released the first release candidate for version 6.9 of the open source integrated development environment. JavaFX composer, OSGi interoperability and support for PHP Zend and Ruby on Rails 3.0 frameworks are among the new features of NetBeans IDE 6.9.
JavaFX Composer gives JavaFX developers the ability to use the Swing GUI builder Matisse to create their user interfaces. OSGi bundles can now be created using Maven and integrated into NetBeans based applications; both the Eclipse Equinox and Apache Felix OSGi container implementations are supported with Felix being bundled with the system. Other features include support for the Spring 3.0 framework, the display of overridden methods in the editor, rename refactoring in the CSS editor, and improved code completion with better indexing of RubyGems. There is also support for JSR 299 - Contexts and Dependency Injection- included in 6.9 rather than as a patch as was the case with NetBeans 6.8.
The developers plan to release the final version of NetBeans 6.9 in the middle of June. Release notes for NetBeans 6.9RC1 are available. NetBeans is dual licensed under the Common Development and Distribution Licence (CDDL) v1.0 and the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).