NetBeans team just released their 6.1 Beta release and I was itching my hands to try it out. I’ve been using NetBeans from 5.0 release onwards (Matisse converted me from Intellij IDEA to NetBeans). I can see the progress NetBeans is making at an astonishing rate. (That too as an open source project)
Though I like and use NetBeans 6.0 a lot, I found it to be very slow when compared to Eclipse 3.3. I have explained about it here.
Especially I felt that code completion needed improvement. Eclipse beats NetBeans hands down in this area for sure.
So when the 6.1 Beta release promised me that “improved performance” is the theme of the release, I thought of trying it out.
I had a quite a few number of projects in my new notebook. NetBeans 6.0 use to take anywhere between 30 to 40 seconds to startup and load the mainwindow. To my surprise NetBeans 6.1 started very very quickly. Mmm great…!
I’m developing a small web application which is used to maintain the statistics of cricket players. (Yes, I’m a cricket fan). I use JSF as the presentation layer framework with JSP as the view technology. (I’m planning to use Facelets + Seam shortly). The code completion especially in JSP pages use to be annoying. I normally prefer typing the jsf attributes myself quickly rather than waiting for NetBeans to offer it suggestions. Often, I use to see the text “Please Wait”…
But with NetBeans 6.1, I haven’t seen that happening till now. (I installed 6.1 Beta today only)
JSP/Java code completion looks very fast. I think it’s as good as eclipse.
Congrats NetBeans team and keep up the spirit.
(Side note: But the faces-config.xml editor in eclipse is way superior than in netbeans. And I don’t like the visual navigation editor in netbeans as well. It looks very ugly when there are lots and lots of navigation rules. I feel this can be improved)