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NetBeans - Android Programming IDE Overview

Friday Sep 15th 2017 by Cynthia Harvey

See the details on NetBeans, one of the top rated Android IDEs for developers.

See our complete list of Top Android Programming Integrated Development Environments.

Netbeans for AndroidOriginally developed by a Prague university student, NetBeans was bought by Sun Microsystems in 1999 and then by Oracle in 2010. Like Eclipse, NetBeans is known primarily as a Java IDE, but it also supports many other languages. It is the official IDE for Java 8 and boasts a large community of users. The latest version offers improved support for Node.js, Maven, PHP and C/C++. Plug-ins provide additional support for Android development. The PYPL Index ranks NetBeans as the fifth most popular IDE.

Developer/Owner: Oracle

Key features:

  • Smart code editing
  • Easy, efficient project management
  • Rapid user interface development
  • Integrated debugger
  • Support for multiple languages and operating systems
  • Large library of plugins

Programming languages supported:Java, C/C++, XML, HTML, PHP, JavaScript and many others

Target operating systems:Cross-platform

Runs on:Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris

System Requirements:

  • JDK 8
  • Windows Vista or later, Windows Server 2008 R2 or later, macOS 10.8.3 or later, or one of the supported versions of Linux
  • 128 MB RAM
  • 124 MB hard drive space

Target audience:Professional developers

First production release: 1997

Most recent update/stable release: Version 8.2 (October 2016)

License:Primarily CDDL 1.0 and GPL2

Price: Free

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