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Java's award-winning, free, open source integrated development environment (IDE) celebrates the 15-year mark, with a worldwide community of users and developers.

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NetBeans 15th Anniversary

Join us NetBeans Community Day at JavaOne 2013 to celebrate 15 Years of innovative solutions and applications for Java. We'll share highlights of how NetBeans has evolved, what's new and noteworthy today, and explore what's up ahead for NetBeans IDE.

Date: Sunday, September 22
Location: Moscone West, Hall 3024


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Rapid Applications Development for Java

NetBeans is both an open-source IDE and an application platform that enables developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications using the Java platform, as well as HTML5 and JavaScript, PHP, Groovy and Grails, and C/C++.


The Original Free Java IDE

The NetBeans story begins in 1996, when students at Charles University in Prague attempted to write a Delphi-like Java IDE in Java. Originally called Xelfi, the student project delved into what was then the uncharted territory of Java IDE. Xelfi generated enough interest in the community that after they graduated, the students decided to put their new product on the market. In 1997, a company was formed and the name was changed to NetBeans.

It wasn't long before Sun Microsystems began searching for better Java development tools and became interested in NetBeans. In 1999, NetBeans was acquired by Sun Microsystems and NetBeans became the flagship toolset for Java. At the time, another critical decision was made—that NetBeans would be open source—free to anyone who wanted to use it. Over the years, NetBeans has become a fully featured, cross-platform IDE, supporting all aspects of Java application development.

When Oracle acquired Sun in 2010, NetBeans became part of Oracle, and Oracle made the commitment to continue to support it. Today, more people are using NetBeans than ever before. By 2010, the one million active user mark was reached, and the NetBeans community continues to innovate and grow.


A Word From James Gosling

"At Liquid Robotics, our use of NetBeans IDE is all about integration. There's the seamless integration of development tools and Java technologies within NetBeans IDE, but it's also very good at integrating external features, for example, Jenkins, which we use for our build server, Git (via GitBlit), which is our source code repository, JIRA for bug tracking, Maven for running builds, and Artifactory for maintaining the artifacts created from the builds. Then there's the code we're writing—we have our own in-the-cloud data repository, a pile of web applications, some Java desktop applications, and code that runs on the robot using the JDK 7 embedded ARM VM. Being able to debug and do performance monitoring directly on an embedded device is huge. I was a very early adopter of NetBeans IDE 7.3, which introduced this feature,just because of its support for embedded profiling." —James Gosling


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