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NetBeans - Android Programming IDE Overview

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Netbeans for AndroidOriginally developed by a Prague university student, NetBeans was bought by Sun Microsystems in 1999 and then by Oracle in 2010. Like Eclipse, NetBeans is known primarily as a Java IDE, but it also supports many other languages. It is the official IDE for Java 8 and boasts a large community of users. The latest version offers improved support for Node.js, Maven, PHP and C/C++. Plug-ins provide additional support for Android development. The PYPL Index ranks NetBeans as the fifth most popular IDE.

Developer/Owner: Oracle

Key features:

  • Smart code editing
  • Easy, efficient project management
  • Rapid user interface development
  • Integrated debugger
  • Support for multiple languages and operating systems
  • Large library of plugins

Programming languages supported:Java, C/C++, XML, HTML, PHP, JavaScript and many others

Target operating systems:Cross-platform

Runs on:Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris

System Requirements:

  • JDK 8
  • Windows Vista or later, Windows Server 2008 R2 or later, macOS 10.8.3 or later, or one of the supported versions of Linux
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 124 MB hard drive space

Target audience:Professional developers

First production release: 1997

Most recent update/stable release: Version 8.2 (October 2016)

License:Primarily CDDL 1.0 and GPL2

Price: Free

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This article was originally published on September 15, 2017

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