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NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta Now Available for Download!

Subject: NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta Now Available for Download!
Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 13:10:52 +0000
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<h1>The NetBeans team is pleased to announce the availability of NetBeans IDE 
6.8 Beta.</h1>
<ul>
<li><a 
href="http://download.netbeans.org/netbeans/6.8/beta/?intcmp=3443";>Download 
NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta</a></li>
<li><a href="http://www.netbeans.org/community/releases/68/";>Learn More about 
NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta</a></li>
</ul>
<p>
NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta is the first IDE to offer support for the entire Java EE 
6 spec. Highlights 
include support for JSF 2.0/Facelets, Java Persistence 2.0, EJB 3.1 including 
using EJBs in web applications, 
RESTful web services, and GlassFish v3. The IDE's integration with <a 
href="http://kenai.com/";>Project Kenai</a>, a collaborative environment 
for hosting open-source projects, now offers full support for JIRA and improved 
instant messenger and issue 
tracker integration. PHP support has been extended to include the Symfony 
framework and PHP 5.3. 
The release also supports the JavaFX SDK 1.2.1, and comes with added features 
to the IDE's Maven and 
database integration, and improvements to the editor and tools for Ruby, 
Groovy, and C/C++ projects. 
NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta is available in English, Brazilian Portuguese, Japanese 
and Simplified Chinese, 
as well as in several community-translated languages.
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<h1>Release Highlights</h1>
<ul>
<li><b>Java Enterprise Edition 6</b>
        <ul>
                <li>JavaServer Faces 2.0 for web interfaces and the ability to 
use EJBs in web applications</li>
                <li>Java Persistence JPA 2.0 and RESTful web services 
support</li>
                <li>Broader use of annotations instead of deployment 
descriptors</li>
    <li>Deployment, debugging and profiling with GlassFish v3</li>
        </ul>
</li>
<li><b>JavaServer Faces 2.0 (Facelets)</b>
<ul>
                <li>Code completion, error hints, namespace completion, 
documentation popups, and tag auto-import for Facelets</li>
    <li>Editor support for Facelets libraries, composite components, expression 
language</li>
        </ul>
</li>
<li><b>JavaFX</b>
        <ul>
                <li> Support for JavaFX SDK 1.2.1</li>
    <li>Improved navigation, code completion, and hints</li>
        </ul>
</li>
<li><b>PHP</b>
        <ul>
                <li>Full PHP 5.3 support</li>
    <li>Symfony Framework support</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li><b>Kenai.com: Connected Developer</b>
        <ul>
                <li>Full JIRA support</li>
    <li>Improved issue tracker integration</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li><b>Maven</b>
        <ul>
                <li>Improved support for Java EE 6, Groovy, Scala projects</li>
    <li>Customizable dependency exclusion in dependency graph</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li><b>Ruby</b>
<ul>
                <li>Support for JRuby 1.3.1, Ruby 1.9 debugging, and RSpec 
1.2.7</li>
                <li>Improved rename refactoring, type inference, and 
navigation</li>
</ul>
</li>
<li><b>C/C++</b>
        <ul>
                <li>Profiling: New tools for I/O Monitoring, Thread Analysis 
and Race Detection</li>
    <li>Faster synchronization during remote development</li> 
</ul>
</li>
</ul>
<p>
<a href="http://www.netbeans.org/community/releases/68/";>Learn more about 
NetBeans IDE 6.8 Beta</a>.
</p>
<p>
The final release of NetBeans IDE 6.8 is planned for December 2009. 
<p>
<p>
<a href="http://download.netbeans.org/netbeans/6.8/beta/?intcmp=3443";>Download 
Beta</a> today and give us your feedback 
about your experience using the release. You can also join discussions about 
the NetBeans IDE on our
<a href="http://www.netbeans.org/community/lists/top.html";>mailing lists and 
forums</a>. 
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href="http://planetnetbeans.org/";>Planet NetBeans</a>. Follow 
<a href="http://twitter.com/netbeans";>NetBeans on Twitter</a> for 
updates about NetBeans news and development.
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