In this chapter, we provided a brief history of how Java EE came into existence. We also explained how to obtain and install NetBeans for the different platforms it supports.
Additionally, we explained how to set up NetBeans with third party Java EE application servers and with third party Relational Database Systems, including how to register a JDBC driver for the RDBMS in question.
We also built and deployed our first Java EE application by using one of the sample projects included by NetBeans.
Finally we covered some of the NetBeans features such as code completion, code templates, keyboard shortcuts, and visual cues that allow us to do our job as software developers more effectively.