NetBeans requires a Java Development Kit (JDK) version 6.0 or newer to be available before it can be installed.
Since this book is aimed at experienced Java Developers, we will not spend much time explaining how to install and configure the JDK, since we can safely assume the target market for the book more than likely has a JDK installed. Installation instructions for JDK 6 can be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/index-137561.html.
Readers wishing to use Mac OS X can get installation instructions and the JDK download for their platform at http://developer.apple.com/java/.
NetBeans installation varies slightly between the supported platforms. In the following few sections we explain how to install NetBeans ...