February 21, 2013, 8:08 AM — With the release of version 7.3 of NetBeans, Oracle has updated the IDE (integrated developer environment) so Java developers can more easily build rich HTML5-based user interfaces for their mobile and Web applications.
NetBeans 7.3 "allows developers to use the same IDE [to compose in] HTML5 that they would use for building back-end services that their Web and mobile applications would connect to," said Bill Pataky, Oracle vice president of product management of tools and frameworks.
Increasingly, enterprise Java developers are using browsers as the primary interface for their applications, so it was a natural choice to expand the support for Web 2.0 technologies, Pataky said.
The IDE also makes debugging Web interfaces easier. Oracle now offers a plug-in for the Google Chrome browser that can render a Web page as it is being composed by the developer in the IDE. This feature uses the WebKit remote debugging protocol.
Beyond Web programming, NetBeans IDE 7.3 comes with a number of other improvements as well. JavaFX projects can now work with JavaFX's FXML layout file format. And a new stand-alone JPQL (Java Persistence Query Language) editor allows developers to test JPQL queries directly from the IDE. Developers have more access to the clipboard history and Breadcrumbs based navigation has been improved as well.