For a brief history of Netbeans, see http://netbeans.org/about/
Although the NetBeans IDE supports several programming languages, because of its
roots as a Java only IDE it is a lot more popular with this language. As a Java IDE,
NetBeans has built-in support for Java SE (Standard Edition) applications, which
typically run in the user's desktop or notebook computer; Java ME (Micro Edition),
which typically runs in small devices such as cell phones or PDAs; and for Java EE
(Enterprise Edition) applications, which typically run on "big iron" servers and can
support thousands of concurrent users.
In this topic, we will be focusing on the Java EE development capabilities of
NetBeans, and how to take advantage of NetBeans features to help us develop Java
EE applications more efficiently.
Some of the features we will cover include how NetBeans can help us speed up
web application development using JSF or the Servlet API and JSPs by providing a
starting point for these kind of artifacts, and how we can use the NetBeans palette
to drag and drop code snippets into our JSPs, including HTML and JSP markup.
We will also see how NetBeans can help us generate JPA entities from an existing
database schema (JPA is the Java Persistence API, the standard Object-Relational
mapping tool included with Java EE).
In addition to web development, we will also see how NetBeans allows us to easily
develop Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs); and how to easily develop web services.
We will also cover how to easily write both EJB and web service clients by taking
advantage of some very nice NetBeans features.
Before taking advantage of all of the above NetBeans features, we of course need to
have NetBeans installed, as covered in the next section.
NetBeans can be obtained by downloading it from http://www.netbeans.org .