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==Frameworks & Tools==
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* Added Nette Tester
* Added Nette Tester
* Code Analysis - support for PHP CS Fixer
* Code Analysis - support for PHP CS Fixer

Revision as of 11:33, 28 November 2013



Indent Guide Lines

The Guide Lines are dotted lines drawn every tab size before a character on the line. They are shown by default. You can turn off feature in menu View-Show Indent Guide Lines. To change line's color go to Options-Font&Colors-Highlighting-Indent Guide Lines. Issue 182513



Java SE Embedded

Deploy, run, debug or profile Java SE application on an embedded device, such as Raspberry PI, directly from the NetBeans IDE. No new project is required, you can use any Java SE (and FX) project!

More detailed information can be found on Java SE Embedded wiki page: JavaSEEmbeddedHowTo

Java ME Embedded

NetBeans 8.0 will include support for Java ME Embedded 8, that will bring big update of Java ME.

More details and information related to the Java ME 8 Embedded support in NetBeans can be found on ME Embedded page: JavaMEEmbeddedHowTo


  • Exclude classes directly from a code completion list (Issue 236313)


  • Show Javadoc as tooltip while hovering (Note: hold CTRL-key) (Issue 95691)




  • JavaFX Project with Existing Sources


  • Option to create custom preloader in new FXML JavaFX Application wizard


  • Possibility to specify relative width and height (in %) of applet when running in browser

Java Enterprise Edition

Support for Tomcat 8.0 / TomEE

  • Tomcat 8.0 is now supported in NetBeans 8
  • TomEE support including out-of-box JPA, JSF and JAXRS


  • JSF selection available out of the box on TomEE


  • Support for TomEE specific configuration of datasources via resources.xml


JavaServer Faces

  • Bundled JavaServer Faces updated to 2.2.4
  • Bundled PrimeFaces updated to 4.0
  • JSF Pages form Entity Classes can generate PrimeFaces templates (CRUD application)

  • JSF Hints and fixes about deprecated javax.faces.bean of the next JSF version


  • Facelets Template Client wizard asks for sections to generate - RFE #234204


  • JSF Form/Table snippet generation got select box to choose templates styles (PrimeFaces or standard JSF)


  • Navigation into custom components defined by @FacesComponent annotation


  • Navigation and code completion for the source of the ui:include element - RFE #234501



  • New action Fix namespaces - bound with Fix Imports shortcuts - RFE #205232



  • Code completion within JSF Composite Components - types and properties - RFE #225813


Expression Language



  • JPA hints are configurable now (you can disable, enable, change warning level)


  • Bundled hibernate library is updated to 4.2.6 and eclipselink to 2.5.1
  • You can select to generate MappedSuperslasses in entities from db wizard now.


  • In beans.xml code completion for alternative classes and stereotypes from the same project is added, it's enabled for cdi 1.1 only. Issue 229795



  • More layouts in pom dependency graph + improved painting of connections


  • More build output options


  • Build execution overview window (opened from build output toolbar) now allows viewing sources for plugins and also debugging plugin execution. (Issue 219402, Issue 201754)


  • Some basic project templates now get created natively in the IDE (without execution of archetypes). (Issue 208462)
  • Show a diff of current effective pom against alternate setup



  • Allow to completely turn off maven indexing. Access via "Tools|Options|Java|Maven|Index" (Issue 235732)
  • Improved performance when re-running Web applications. (Issue 230565)
  • Improved performance of "Apply Code Changes" while debugging. Now it takes advantage of Compile on Save (Issue 186558)
  • "Copy on Save" for static resources enables to get better control over the Compile on Save (CoS) / Deploy on Save (DoS) feature. Now it is possible to disable standard CoS/DoS for java classes while still having static resources (html, xhtml, css etc.) updated after the save. (Issue 218345) More details about how this feature works in combination with CoS/DoS can be found here.


  • Added possibility not to remember application server used for deployment. Might be used for example when testing application with various types of application server (Issue 199597)





  • Code completion support in Knockout templates - the code completion inside the template is template usage aware.



  • Improved recognizing controllers. NetBeans are able to find out much more controllers than in NB 7.4. The IDE go through all js files and looking, whether there is defined in some way an AngularJs controller.


  • NetBeans are now able to find out mapping between html templates and controllers.

Image:Routes.png User can navigate through the CTRL + Mouse left button click to the template or controller definition from the route definition.

  • The code completion in html pages is improved for Angular JS. NetBeans offers the property of controllers in html templates:

Image:Cc01.png Image:Cc02.png

NetBeans are able to offer properties of anonymous object defined in an array. See the picture with the controller definition, where an array of allgifts is defined as array of anonymous objects. NetBeans offers in code completion the properties of these anonymous objects if there are needed. Image:Cc03.png

  • Generally improved GoTo Declaration functionality for Angular support.

jQuery support

NetBeans understand the code, when someone develops jQuery widget or plugin based on boilerplate. Image:JQuery-widget.png Image:JQuery-plugin.png

Platform development

  • OSGi and Netbeans module dependency jars marked in dependency list and public/private packages shown in the jar (new for Maven)





  • Breadcrumbs


  • Hint "Introduce variable"
  • Hint "Assign Return Value To New Variable"
  • Completions "Implement/Override/Generate method"
  • Completion "Extract method body from class declaration"


  • Improve remote performance



  • Support for PHP 5.5
  • Support for PSR-0 and PSR-1 Standards
  • Enabled External Documentation Button in Code Completion Window
  • Added "Init Field" Suggestion
  • Added Hint to Check the Number of Return Statements in a Function Declaration
  • Added Hint to Check Wrong Param Names in PHPDocs


  • Enabled External Documentation Button in Code Completion Window


  • Enabled External Documentation Button in Code Completion Window
  • Added Hints to Check Deprecated Macros, etc.
  • Add Code Completion for Declared Controls in Corresponding Presenter


  • Code Completion of Class Methods


  • Composer Supported by New Project Wizard
  • Support for More Test Roots per Project
  • Support for Remote Synchronization for Directories
  • Support for Private Include Path
  • Used SSH Agent

Frameworks & Tools

  • Added Nette Tester

File:Nb80-php-nette-tester-1.png File:Nb80-php-nette-tester-2.png

  • Code Analysis - support for PHP CS Fixer



Project group (none) settings is now persisted between switching to another group, so user doesn't lose lastly opened projects. issue 235343

When importing project from ZIP to existing folder structure, user is warn about it and after warning following options appears:

  • replacing existing folder(s) or file(s)
  • changing project location.

issue 224977

When invoke Collapse All in project tab, node's children are also collapsed. issue 219084


JavaScript in Nashorn

Debugging of JavaScript code executed in Nashorn (JDK 8+) script engine is supported. In a Java project, that is set up with JDK 8 or newer, it's possible to step in from Java code into JavaScript executed by the script engine. Breakpoints in JavaScript files are possible, step into/over/out work as expected, call stack show JavaScript stack frames and Variables window show JavaScript variables.

  • Editor when debugging a JavaScript file.


  • Call stack in Debugging window when debugging JavaScript files.


  • Variables window when debugger is stopped in a JavaScript file.


  • Debugging of an evaluated script.


On any JavaScript file there's Run File/Debug File action, that runs/debugs the file in Nashorn script engine when JDK 8 or newer is registered in NetBeans. File:JSDebug_run_debug.png

Unit Testing

  • Allow running JUnit/TestNG tests on a arbitrary selected group of folders or files Issue 124313
  • Trying to navigate to a test gives user the ability to create one if it does not already exist Issue 228656
  • Added support for ABORTED tests in the Test Results window Issue 235443
  • Added support for creating Junit integration tests Issue 237412



Support for 1.8 working copies

With bundled SVNKit and JavaHL in 1.8 versions it is not needed to switch to a commandline client to work with 1.8 working copies.


Tree view in the Diff panel

You can switch between the flat table and the tree view with the two toggle buttons in the toolbar.

Simpler clone wizard

Issue 235506 RFE
You don't have to go through all three clone wizard's panels. If you fill the destination folder directly on the first panel and click on Finish, the action will work much like the git clone with a commandline client and it will use default values for remote and checkout branch.

Transparent work with Git submodules

Working with submodules should be much easier. You can now commit a submodule's state directly from the IDE, submodules will be automatically (if you accept it of course) initialized and updated after a clone. When pushing the parent repository the IDE will check if all submodule's changes will have been committed and warn you before reaching an inconsistent state in the remote repository. Issue 207067 Issue 237621

Branch filter in the Search History view

Issue 235882 RFE

Review of commits after pull/fetch/push

After pulling/fetching/pushing links to the summary view/diff view are added output window Issue 229808


Other improvements

  • update to JGit 3.x Issue 230572
  • ability to change branch tracking Issue 230991
    • in the Git Repository Browser you can select a local branch and call Setup Tracked Branch from the popup menu to set the branch tracking for this local branch
    • or via context menu "Git|Branch/Tag|Set Tracked Branch..."
  • improved push to upstream work-flow - when a git push would result in a non fast-forward merge (the remote repository contains unmerged commits), you are warned and offered the option to pull the changes into the current local branch and eventually do the push again automatically.
    Issue 238398
  • added a new action "Commit Project..." Issue 235887
  • after cloning NetBeans offers to add the cloned repository to the favorites view Issue 235507


Tasks window

In NetBeans 8.0 there are several new features in Tasks window:

  • Task Schedule - user can define his own schedule for tasks in Tasks window
    • Schedule Categories - there are three predefined categories to notify user about his scheduled task for "Today", "This Week" and all schedule tasks.
    • Notification bubble - tasks scheduled for "Today" are most important for a user, so there is a notification created to remind a user about them
  • Task Icon badges - task icon is used to show task's priority and scheduling
  • Sorting - user can now define his own sorting for tasks in Tasks window

Task Editor Changes

To be more user-friendly task editors where split into logical sections, all action buttons were moved to one place. A new section My Private Task Details was added where you can specify task's private data (such as private notes and schedule parameters) never to be send to the task's repository, used mainly for user's private needs.

Local Tasks Repository

We added a simple local task repository. You can create, update and delete simple tasks kept on your local machine, manage references to other tasks (even from other repositories), manage attachments for the task and even set its schedule parameters - Issue 236111.


Window System

  • Reorganized Options window

  • Document groups to restore a set of editor windows including their docking positions. Access via "Main menu|Window|Document groups" (Issue 238096, Issue 190683)

  • Editor tabs scroll as needed during drag and drop
  • Split of editor window via drag and drop



Recent Searches can be cleared (Issue 175494):

Data Systems

Files in folders can be sorted by extension (Issue 230821):

Output Window

  • Output Window supports horizontal scrolling on Mac (Issue 216127)

Project view


Project Groups

Project Groups UI was redesigned (Issue 236743, Issue 237120, Issue 164892)


It's possible to revert a modified template file to the original version. Use the "Revert to Default" button.


"Select In >" in the popup menu of search results (Issue 103791)

Common file actions in popup menu of search results (Issue 185030)

Copy File Path action works for multiple selected files (Issue 190961)

HTML Project

Grunt Support


Avatar.js Project

Avatar.js Project module is available on a stable update centre for NetBeans 8.0 build. After installation, it allows to create Avatar.js projects. Avatar.js needs to be installed on the system.

  • New Avatar.js project


  • Avatar.js new project wizard.


  • The structure of Avatar.js project in Projects window.


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