NetBeans 8.2 is scheduled to be released end of summer 2016. One popular feature is called pin watches. During a debug session you may define several watches in the variable window to view the current content of a variable or value expression. With pin watches you may pin such a watch directly to the source code. Amongst others Geertjan described this amazing feature in his blog .
You may support open source projects by contributing comments, bug reports, wish lists or code etc.
For the current release of NetBeans, I only reported some bugs. This is a partial result of these contributions: Continue reading “Contribute to NetBeans (and other projects)”
For the future release 7.2 of NetBeans, today the Community Acceptance Testing (NetCAT) starts. This is your opportunity to participate on development of this IDE: Use an early version right now and report bug to the NetBeans team or submit suggestions for imnprovement.
If you like to paricipate, subscribe the mailinglist  and register yourself at NetCAT 7.2 wiki .
In my booklist  you’ll find books about NetBeans.
…and blogged  about my article ragarding NetBeans 7.1.
You may read the whole article in iX 03/2012 or download it (upcoming) .
In the current iX 03.2012 you’ll find my article about new features of NetBeans 7.1. Beside lots of positive features , I mentioned one drawback: Sometimes project san during IDE startup takes a long time.
Using NetBeans 7.2, which is scheduled for 3.Q 2012, this will change: The scan is performed faster and running in background.
On the road to this release, version 7.1.1 is now available at netbeans.org.