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Newbie advice

David Clarke

Joined: Jan 02, 2008
Posts: 11
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?

Adam Myatt

Joined: Jan 12, 2006
Posts: 26

First, start with the NetBeans docs online ( 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 :

NetBeans Profiler :

NetBeans Debugger :

Version Control and Local History :

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David Clarke

Joined: Jan 02, 2008
Posts: 11
Thanks - I'm not involved in any gui/swing dev at the moment but I'll definitely take a look at the profiler.
I agree. Here's the link:
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