NetBeans began in 1996 as Xelfi (word play on Delphi), a ...

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Aug 15, 2012 (5 years ago)

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NetBeans began in 1996 as Xelfi (word play on
Delphi
), a Java IDE student project under the
guidance of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at
Charles University

in
Prague
. In 1997
Roman Staněk formed a company around the project and produced commer
cial versions of the
NetBeans IDE until it was bought by
Sun Microsystems

in 1999. Sun open
-
sourced the NetBeans
IDE in June of the following year. Since then, the NetBeans

community has continued to grow.
In 2010, Sun (and thus NetBeans)
was acquired

by
Oracle
.

NetBeans

refers to both a
platform

framework for
Java

desktop applications, and an
integrated
development environment

(IDE) for developing with Java,
JavaScript
,
PHP
,
Python

(no longer
supported after NetBeans 7),
Groovy
,
C
,
C++
,
Scala
,
Clojure
, and others. The NetBeans IDE 7.0
no longer supports
Ruby

and
Ruby on Rails
, but a third party has begun work on a separate
plug
-
in.The NetBeans IDE is written in Java and can run on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris and
other platforms supporting a comp
atible
JVM
. A pre
-
existing JVM or a
JDK

is not required.

The NetBeans pl
atform allows applications to be developed from a set of modular
software components

called
modules
. Applications based on the NetBeans
platform (including the NetBeans

IDE) can be extended by
third party developers
.

NetBeans IDE 7.0 introduces language support for development to the Java SE 7
specification with JDK 7 language
features. The release also provides enhanced
integration with the Oracle WebLogic server, as well as support for Oracle
Database and GlassFish 3.1. Additional highlights include Maven 3 and HTML5
editing support; a new GridBagLayout designer for improved S
wing GUI
development; enhancements to the Java editor, and more.NetBeans IDE 7.0 is
available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, and Simplified
Chinese.