In separate moves this week, Sun and Microsoft both proceeded with previously stated plans to boost their software development environments.
Version 6.5 of the NetBeans open-source IDE was released by Sun and the NetBeans community, while Microsoft has added jQuery Intellisense support to Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express.
Accessible for download, NetBeans 6.5 features increased support for Web and Java software development, according to Sun and the NetBeans community. It includes localized versions for simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Brazilian Portuguese.
Also being offered is an early access version of NetBeans for Pythin applications, featuring an editor, debugger, and Python runtimes.
Other capabilities include enhanced support for Spring, Hibernate, JavaServer Pages, and Java Persistence API. Support for Groovy and Grails also is offered in the editor. Ruby enhancements are offered within the editor and debugger.
Multithreaded debugging for Java technologies is featured as well.
Sun in December will offer a training and certification for NetBeans by way of its Certification Specialist for NetBeans IDE effort.