NetBeans 12.4 Adds Java 16 Support
Written by Kay Ewbank   
Monday, 31 May 2021

NetBeans 12.4 has been released with feature improvements including support for Java 16, improved Groovy support, and PHP enhancements. This is a feature release that Apache NetBeans says has not been tested as heavily as the 12.0 LTS release and may therefore be less stable.

NetBeans is an IDE for Java SE, Java EE, PHP and JavaScript development with some Groovy language support. It provides editors, wizards and templates, and is cross-platform.


On the Java front, the new release adds support for Java 16, as well as replacing usage of JDK internal, or in-house Base64 codecs by java.util.Base64. You can also now choose the OpenJDK distro of your choice.  There's now support for Jakarta EE,

Another Java-related improvement comes in Micronaut support. Micronaut is a JVM framework for building microservices using Java, Kotlin or Groovy that is becoming more popular thanks to its small memory footprint and short startup time. NetBeans now has a Micronaut project wizard, offers code completion in Micronaut yaml config files, along with a HyperlinkProvider and a WhereUsed RefactoringPlugin for Micronaut yaml config files. 

Gradle support has also received attention, with Gradle tooling updated to 7.0,support for Gradle source groups from alien projects, and more minor fixes.

PHP improvements start with support for PHP 8.0 named arguments, and the prevention of generating abstract methods with PHPDoc return array type, along with a number of more minor fixes.

HTML support has also been improved with better code completion for HTML forms. NetBeans 12.4 is available for download now.


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