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Sun eye Web developers with Netbeans 6.5

Despite the recent employment axe hitting Sun the company has pushed out a new release of its Netbeans open source IDE with an eye to appeal more to Web developers.

Despite the recent employment axe hitting Sun the company has pushed out a new release of its Netbeans open source IDE with an eye to appeal more to Web developers.

Sun released Netbeans 6.5, an upgrade from 6.1, overnight and includes a swab of features for Web developers using popular scripting languages, especially PHP.

Traditionally an IDE for Java developers, the latest release shows a significant swing in direction to cater for Web developers and designers with Ruby, JavaScript, Groovy, and improved CSS editing support.

NetBeans 6.5 has also packaged support for its long-awaited JavaFX UI tools, which Sun expect to either release or at least make an announcement of its release in December.

For PHP developers the Netbeans IDE now comes with a PHP editor with code completion and code highlighting, ability to debug with Xdebug, generators for MySQL code snippets, and drag and drop SaaS services into PHP files.

Sun has boosted its support for JavaScript and CSS also. The new IDE ships with an improved JS and CSS editor and a JavaScript library manager that includes Yahoo UI, Woodstock, jQuery, Dojo, Scriptaculous, and Prototype libraries.

Netbeans 6.5 also includes an editor with code completion for Groovy developers and ships with the Grails web application framework.

However, Sun haven't totally forgotten their traditional Java base. The new release includes enhanced support for Spring, Hibernate, JSF, JSF CRUD generator, and JPA. Java developers can now also create RESTful web services from database tables or from JPA entities.

A full list of features can be found here. The new release is available for free from the Netbeans.org Website.

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