I like to edit my build script directly in the source editor as text; is there any code completion available?
Yes. It will supply completion on all valid element and attribute names, insofar as Ant itself makes this information available. Completion of some kinds of attributes (e.g. fixed value lists) is implemented, and basic support for completion of property references is available (not every possible property may be listed). It should work with custom or add-on tasks as well, if you have run them in the IDE at least once.
Applies to: NetBeans 4.0 and later