The new release of the NetBeans IDE, version 3.2, is available for download

NetBeans is an open-source, extensible integrated development
environment written in the Java. Currently it supports Java
development, but its architecture lends itself to supporting
other languages as well. It will run on any platform with a
Java 2 (1.2.2 or greater) SDK installed, such as:

-Windows 9x, NT, 2000 and ME
-Mac OS-X

NetBeans is the open-source base upon which Sun's Forte for
Java IDE is built. The next Forte for Java release will be based on
NetBeans 3.2.

NetBeans 3.2 incorporates many new features, including

- MDI support - choose between Single Document Interface (SDI - lots
of windows on the desktop) and Multiple Document Interface (MDI -
all windows of the IDE live in a single window) or a mixture of
- Setup Wizard - enables you to configure the IDE on the first
start, enabling or disabling modules
- Ant 1.3 with the Ant module
- Debugger - Loaded classes view to display a hierarchy of all
loaded classes, providing the ability to inspect classloaders,
methods, fields and values
- New Module Wizard - for those who want to extend NetBeans to
support new technologies, this provides support for building a
NetBeans Module
- External browser module - use any web browser to view
documentation and test web applications, not just the built-in

and there are many enhancements to existing features that make this
release worth a look. For details on these, see

Some of the basic features of the IDE are

- Compile/Execute/Debug on any JDK platform (not necessarily the one
you're running the IDE in)
- Built in CVS support implemented in pure Java
- Visual form designer for designing Swing and AWT graphical user
interfaces - particularly nice support for GridBagLayout
- Syntax highlighting editor with code completion, abbreviations and
- JSP and Servlet support Tomcat integration
- Multisession, multithreaded debugging
- Javadoc support to install, view, search and generate Javadoc
- Jar support transparent support for creating, reading and writing
jar filesystems

For screenshots and info, see

NetBeans is freely redistributable under the Sun Public License
(a variant of the Mozilla Public Licence). NetBeans has a highly
modular design, and is increasingly popular throughout the industry
as a "tools platform" for integrating third party development tools
such as debuggers, UML modelling tools, etc. For a list of some
of the companies building either open source or commercial
extension modules for NetBeans, see

The source code is available via anonymous cvs at

If you're using Mac OS X, check out the Mac OS-X HowTo page at: