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Newbie advice

 
David Clarke
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Hi Adam (et al)

I'm relatively new to both Java and NetBeans (my background is MS Visual Studio and C++, C#, .Net etc). I felt in Visual Studio I was reasonably productive and new my way round many nooks and crannies. Moving to a new IDE, there's a lot to learn. What are the features of NetBeans that a newbie might have overlooked that you consider really cool/useful?

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Dave
 
Adam Myatt
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David,

First, start with the NetBeans docs online (http://www.netbeans.org/kb/index.html) or with a good book (I can recommend a few ).

Some specific areas that NetBeans excels in that I think a newbie should read up on include :


GUI / Swing Development :
- http://www.netbeans.org/features/java/swing.html

NetBeans Profiler :
- http://www.netbeans.org/features/java/profiler.html
- http://pronetbeans.com/archives/22

NetBeans Debugger :
- http://www.netbeans.org/features/java/debugger.html

Version Control and Local History :
- http://www.netbeans.org/features/ide/collaboration.html
 
David Clarke
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Thanks - I'm not involved in any gui/swing dev at the moment but I'll definitely take a look at the profiler.
 
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