NetBeans IDE 6.5 RC2

I’ve finally got a chance to run the new NetBeans IDE (I’m talking about the “Early Access for PHP” version).

I’ve been running 6.1 ea-php for quite some time now. I haven’t had problems with 6.1 on my Fedora 9, but my Windows XP distro sucked at running NetBeans 6.1, and that’s bad cause I have to use Windows at work. I’ve been experiencing problems with character encoding, the cp1251 vs utf8 battle, syntax highlighting (especially when it came to CSS) and the IDE could hang once every 2 hours or so.

Anyways, I’ve switched to NetBeans 6.5. RC2 today and haven’t had any problems yet. Some new features in NetBeans 6.5 include the Web Services section in the Services tab, that helps you work with services like Amazon, Google, Flickr, Facebook and others. Very helpful indeed. They’ve also put support for some other database drivers – PostgreSQL and JDBC/ODBC along with good old MySQL.

Pick your own version of the IDE in the NetBeans download section.