This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide 1Z0-808 and have Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff on-line! See this thread for details.
Netbeans is an IDE so you can't really compare it to Java in terms of ease of use. Are you actually writing something in Java or are you trying to pick a language that is good for game design?... your question is to vague.