Node.js IDE support becomes a top priority with NetBeans 8.1

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  1. While there is certainly an affection for the NetBeans IDE in the Java world, the popular development environment wouldn't likely be the first product to come to mind if a coder was about to develop a server-side, JavaScript based application targeting Node.js as the framework. However, with the 8.1 Beta release, theNetBeans team is determined to change all of that, and make Oracle's free, open-source IDE the environment of choice when working with Node.js.

    In the same way NetBeans has been focused on providing a complete package for Java out of the box, they have also been focusing on JavaScript. Of course, NetBeans isn’t new to providing support for alternative languages. They already support PHP and C/C++, and Groovy, and if you include community contributed support, NetBeans supports Python and Ruby as well. And as far as supporting JavaScript goes, the NetBeansbrowser has always had impressive support for browser based technologies. The big change here is the move towards supporting JavaScript on the backend.

    The evolution of server-side JavaScript

    So Node.js support? Users have been asking for it. NetBeans users have always liked the JavaScript and HTML tools that are built in, along with NetBeans integration into the Chrome browsers. But increasingly, JavaScript developers are not only doing front end development, but they’re doing backend development in JavaScript as well, and the typical platform they would use is Node.js. Now, software developers can use the NetBeans IDE to seamlessly create Express applications on the front end, together with Node.js on the back end, together with a full debugging cycle, meaning that the whole development cycle from front to back in JavaScript is supported within the IDE.

    Of course, there are other changes and enhancements in NetBeans 8.1, which is currently in its Beta release. If you haven’t used NetBeans in a while, it’s definitely worth giving it a download and seeing how much it has improved over the years. And if you’re looking to do some Node.js work, it’s definitely the right development tool to use.

    If it's been a while since you test drove the NetBeans IDE, or if you're tired of your current IDE, it really behooves you to take the time to download the 8.1 beta version and see for yourself what the community has done to make this a compelling and enjoyable tool for developing modern enterprise applications.

    What feature would you most like to see introduced into the next version of NetBeans? Let us know.

    Next steps

    Download NetBeans 8.1

    Edited by: Cameron McKenzie on Oct 1, 2015 3:09 PM

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  2. ES6[ Go to top ]

    The best part is NetBeans doesn't support ES6 basic syntax, so coding node.js aps is not an option. In my team, NB users had to switch to WebStorm when we started using ES6. Now it's officially supported and enabled by default in recent node.js releases, so NetBeans has nothing to offer until it provides ES6 support.