NetBeans Launches Public Beta of NetBeans Developer 3.0 Entry and a Preview
of Developer Pro and Enterprise

August 25, 1999 Prague, Czech Republic – NetBeans, a leading vendor of Java
integrated development environments (IDEs), today announced the public
availability of NetBeans Developer 3.0 Entry Beta. Previews of the
Developer 3.0 Pro and Developer 3.0 Enterprise versions are also available
through NetBeans’ Early Access Program. They contain comprehensive support
for the Java 2 Enterprise Edition Platform, including EJB, CORBA, XML,
JDBC, Servlets, and JSP. NetBeans Developer 3.0 Entry, Pro, and Enterprise
can be accessed from and run on any Java 2 enabled
platform, including NT, Solaris, and Linux.

NetBeans Developer 3.0 is an open Java IDE with publicly available APIs
that can be extended through plug-in modules available from both NetBeans
and third parties. Each version of the IDE contains a suite of plug-in
modules filled with wizards and templates to speed the development of
robust client-side and distributed Java applications. To keep developers up
to date with the latest Java technology, every plug- in module can be
upgrade dynamically through the Internet via NetBeans innovative AutoUpdate
feature. This technology is also available to NetBeans partners who are
using NetBeans’ open APIs to build tight integrations with their Java
software — including UML tools, Java debuggers, and obfuscators.

“With Developer 3.0, NetBeans answers developers’ demands for an open
development platform that is packed with the latest Java functionality,”
said Roman Stanek, CEO and founder of NetBeans. “We are quickly moving
towards a point where the Java development environment and the Internet are

Developer Entry helps developers rapidly build client-side Java 2
applications with advanced support for GUI development (including AWT and
Swing), editing, compilation, and debugging. There are a host of new and
enhanced features in Developer 3.0 Entry:
– AutoUpdate automatically notifies users of new and updated modules
and allows them to download and install the modules on the fly
– The new, faster editor contains support for dynamic method name
completion and incremental search
– The JavaBeans support module is capable of both analyzing existing
source code for its Bean patterns (even as the source is edited), and
generating JavaBeans-compliant implementations as well as the bean’s
BeanInfo class directly from the Explorer
– There is an Object Browser to provide a Java-oriented view of the
user Repository, providing quick perusal of all available packages,
classes, and members.
– A JavaHelp-compatible system is in place for associating context help
with any visual component or system feature

“We are pleased to be able to include NetBeans Developer with the Third
Edition of our textbook Java How to Program–the top selling Java
university textbook in the world,” said Paul Deitel of Deitel and
Associates. “NetBeans Developer provides our readers with a powerful visual
development tool with which they can take advantage of the power of the
Java programming language.”

Developer Pro powers developers’ production of database and servlet
applications with plug-in modules for Java Database Connectivity (JDBC) and
Java Server Pages (JSP) as well as JavaDoc, Projects, and Extensible Markup
Language (XML). Developer 3.0 Enterprise Edition merges support for
Enterprise Java Beans (EJB), Common Object Request Broker Architecture
(CORBA), Remote Method Invocation (RMI), and Java Naming and Directory
Interface (JNDI) into a single object-oriented environment with team

Distributed Computing
By integrating EJB, CORBA, RMI and JNDI into a single Java environment,
NetBeans provides the features and flexibility to create distributed
applications. NetBeans Enterprise includes wizards to quickly create entity
and session beans and uses the underlying object technology to
automatically maintain the complex dependencies across interfaces. A
developer can create deployment descriptors for specific deployment
configurations and then with one click, deploy the EJB to leading
application servers like WebLogic or GemStone/J.

CORBA support is a natural extension to NetBeans architecture. Developers
can select one of the supported ORBs, create multi-tier CORBA applications,
then compile and debug the application. NetBeans Enterprise supports the
market leading Java ORBs such as IONA OrbixWeb, Inprise Visibroker,
Distributed Objects Group JavaORB, and Object Oriented Concepts ORBacus as
well as JacORB popular in the Linux community.

NetBeans Enterprise reduces the complexity involved in debugging a
distributed Java application based on either EJB or CORBA. NetBeans’
multi-threaded, multi-session debugger will allow developers to visually
debug remote objects by stepping into any method of an object running on a

Database Development
NetBeans greatly reduces the time and complexity involved in building a
robust Java database solution. With full Java Database Connectivity (JDBC)
API support, Java developers can visually build front-ends in AWT or Swing
and connect them to any JDBC compliant database. They can also create an
EJB based on a database table, and use Java Server Pages (JSP) as a client
if that fits their needs. The Database Explorer allows quick viewing of
databases and creation of tables and indexes.

About NetBeans, Inc.
NetBeans is a leader in bringing the latest Java technologies to the
desktops of developers. Founded in August of 1997, NetBeans develops and
markets cross-platform integrated development environments (IDEs). NetBeans
distributes its products globally through the Internet, a growing network
of ISVs, and through OEM agreements with other leading Java vendors.
NetBeans is a privately held company whose investors include Esther Dyson,
CEO of EDventure Holdings (see
and Windcrest Partners, a private New York venture capital firm.