Sun Microsystems launched the NetBeans open source project in 2000. The name NetBeans came from Netbeans Ceska Republika, a Czech company that Sun bought over. The new project was based on the code Sun acquired as the result of the purchase.
This appendix provides a quick tutorial to using NetBeans to build Java applications. NetBeans requires a JDK to work.
Download and Installation
You can download NetBeans free from http://netbeans.org. The latest version at the time of writing is 7.0.1. You need version 7 or later to enjoy the new features in Java 7. NetBeans is written in Java and, as such, can run on any platform where Java is available. Each distribution includes an installer for easy installation. Make sure you download ...