The first thing we will want to do is navigate to netbeans.org and click the on the button that says “Download FREE NetBeans IDE 7.0”:
After this page has been clicked we can then proceed to choose which type of install we would like for NetBeans. The options available are Java SE, Java EE, C/C++, PHP and Full. The Java SE download includes the NetBeans Platform SDK and the Java Standard Edition. The Java EE download comes with all of the above but includes the Java Enterprise Edition as well as Apache Tomcat and a GlassFish Server to boot. The C/C++ and PHP installs install only the required components and include none of the above from the Java SE and EE installs. The Full edition includes all of the above plus Groovy, Java Micro Edition, and Java Card 3 Connected. We will want to choose the full install by clicking on the Download button on the far right to be taken to the download page where we will accept the download and save it to our computer.
After the down has completed we will want to navigate to the downloaded file and double click on the executable. In my case, I required the Java SE Development Kit (JDK) to be installed before my NetBeans install could proceed. After installing the JDK is complete we can proceed with the install of NetBeans. The first screen to be seen will be NetBeans initializing the files:
After the installer has initialized the next screen we will see is the summary of the items that are to be installed and the total amount of disk space to be consumed by the install.
We will however want to update what we want to install before going on. To do this we will click on the “Customize” button and be directed to the list of items to be installed.
We will want to click the checkbox for “Apache TomCat” and then click OK. After we press “Next” on the previous screen we will be directed to two license agreements.
After we have checked the boxes saying that we agree with the license agreements and clicking next on each we will be directed to the install folder of NetBeans and a reference to the JDK install we may have done earlier.
After we press the “Next” button we will need to confirm the installation folder of the GlassFish server.
This could technically be anywhere you would like it to be installed but just remember the path as we will use the GlassFish server and some files found within the folder structure in future tutorials.
After we choose the install folder for the Apache Tomcat Server we can press “Next” and proceed to the summary page where we will review what we have just approved and can click onward to have the install start of NetBeans 7.0.
The install will take about a half hour, so you can go and grab a coffee and come back and you may still have some time on your hands. After this is complete you will be shown a setup complete windows asking with us to provide NetBeans with anonymous usage data to improve the product. I am personally not against providing companies with data to improve their products. After you have chosen to provide usage data or not you may continue to press “Finish”
With the install of NetBeans 7.0 installed successfully you are now able to begin programming for languages such as Java, C++ or PHP. Keep in mind that this is not the only IDE to use to program in these languages but it is one option that does provide coding help with an intelli-sense like function giving the user what each function and method call will do/is for. With this article complete you may now start up your IDE and start programming. Until the next article, Happy Hacking!