Oracle is out with its first major open source IDE release of the year, updating NetBeans to version 7.1 The new NetBeans release builds on the Java SE 7 support first introduced in NetBeans 7.0 in April 2011.
A key focus of the NetBeans 7.1 release is enhanced support for developers building user interfaces with JavaFX 2.0, CSS 3 and Swing.
“For me, NetBeans 7.1 is all about the user’s interface,” Bill Pataky, vice president of Product Management for tools and frameworks, told InternetNews.com.
NetBeans is one of three Java IDEs that Oracle is committed too, including NetBeans, jDeveloper and the Oracle Enterprise Plugin for Eclipse. The NetBeans project was inherited by Oracle from Sun.
“The NetBeans mission is to ensure that there is world-class tooling available for the Java standard as quickly as possible,” Pataky said. “It is for Java developers to support the Java standard.”