NetBeans (@ http://netbeans.org) is an open-source Integrated Development Environment (IDE). NetBeans began in 1996 as a Java IDE student project at Charles University in Prague. Sun Microsystems acquired NetBeans in 1999. In 2010, Oracle acquired Sun (and thus NetBeans).
Compared with its rival Eclipse (http://www.elicpse.org) (both are open-source, so I don’t know what are they competing for?), NetBeans provides seamless support for Java AWT/Swing, Java ME mobility pack, Java EE, and bundled with an excellent profiler for performance tuning.
NOTE (2018 Feb 01): NetBeans 8.2 might not work with JDK 9 at this moment. Stick to JDK 8 now, if you want to use NetBeans.
1. How to Install NetBeans 8.2
1.1 How to Install NetBeans on Windows
Step 1: Install JDK
To use NetBeans for Java programming, you need to first install Java Development Kit (JDK). See “JDK – How to Install“.
Step 2: Download
Download “NetBeans IDE” installer from http://netbeans.org/downloads/index.html. There are many “bundles” available. For beginners, choose the 1st entry “Java SE” (e.g., “
Step 3: Run the Installer
Run the downloaded installer.
To use NetBeans for Java programming, you need to first install JDK. Read “How to install JDK on Mac“.
To install NetBeans:
- Download NetBeans from http://netbeans.org/downloads/. Set “Platform” to “Mac OS X”. There are many “bundles” available. For beginners, choose “Java SE” (e.g., “
- Double-click the download Disk Image (DMG) file.
- Double-click the “
NetBeans 8.x.mpkg“, and follow the instructions to install NetBeans. NetBeans will be installed under “
- Eject the Disk Image (“
You can launch NetBeans from the “Applications”.
Notes: To uninstall NetBeans, drag the “
/Applications/NetBeans” folder to trash