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Getting Started With NetBeans


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Downloading NetBeans
NetBeans GUI

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Using an IDE for the first time can be a bit daunting for someone new to programming. They are heavyweight applications designed to help programmers through all the development stages of an application. In the beginning it's not necessary to worry about most of the tasks an IDE can perform, just focus on writing, debugging and running the programs you write. The rest can be left alone until it's needed. This article shows the steps needed to write and run a very simple program to say "Hello World" in NetBeans.

Downloading NetBeans

To download NetBeans go to the NetBeans website. The downloads page should configure itself to show you the download bundles that will work on your operating system. The bundles are a useful way to download NetBeans so that it already has the plug-ins it needs to let you develop in the language you want. For this article, download and install the Java SE version.

Note: Installation of Netbeans 6.8 requires at least JDK 5.0 Update 19 or JDK 6 Update 14 to be already installed. If you're unsure how to, see downloading and installing the JDK.

The NetBeans GUI

When you run NetBeans you will see a Start Page taking up the entire development area. It's a way of seeing up-to-date news on NetBeans and getting access to helpful articles on the NetBeans website.

At the top you'll also see a menu bar full of available commands but you can ignore almost all of them. For now, it's best to focus on two that will be of the most use: File -> New Project and Run -> Run Project.

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