Appendix A. Using the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment

Although it’s possible to create Java programs with nothing more than the Java Development Kit and a text editor, the experience is considerably more pleasant when you use an integrated development environment (IDE).

The first 20 days of this book employ NetBeans, a free IDE that Oracle offers to Java programmers. NetBeans is a program that makes it easier to organize, write, compile, and test Java software. It includes a project and file manager, graphical user interface designer, and many other tools. One killer feature is a code editor that automatically detects Java syntax errors as you type.

Now in version 8.0.2, NetBeans has become a favorite of professional Java developers, ...

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