I used Netbeans 6m6, but the editor's exception happened too often, so I switched back to 5.5.
The stability of the Netbeans 6m8 has increased significantly, there are no more exceptions during editing. I only encountered some errors during refactoring (renaming) of an interface. There is also UML support available: I was also able to reopen all Netbeans 5.5 projects (about 80 diagrams from my book Java EE 5 Architekturen). In general it seems for me, that Netbeans 6m8 is faster, or at least more responsive than 5.5. Although I forgot to increase the initial heap - it runs also well (even with UML-Support) with the factory settings -Xms32m -Xmx128m.
I also found some interesting features:
- JUnit 3.8.1, as well as 4.1 are supported now
- Netbeans 6m8 is also able to generate persistence.xml (JPA) for standalone Java SE applications. So the jdbc-driver and the list of JPA-entities are generated instead of a datasource.
- Profiler is integrated and works really well for standalone applications. I used it to test the performance of dynamic proxy.
- Subversion support was improved
- Java Web Start is well integrated
- Glassfish v2 and v1 integration is working well
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