Java News from Monday, October 4, 2004

Sun's posted the second beta of the NetBeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 4.0. NetBeans is available for Windows, Linux, the Solaris(tm) Operating System and Mac OS X. New features in version 4 include:

Java 1.4.2 or later is required.

BlueJ 2.0.1, a free integrated development environment (IDE) for Java aimed at education, has been released. 2.0.1 is a bug fix release.

IBM has released version 1.22 of Jikes, their open source Java compiler written in C. Version 1.22 "supports compilation using the rt.jar shipped with the released version of Java 5.0, but otherwise has no more support for new language features than 1.21 did." It also fixes assorted bugs. Jikes is published under the IBM Public License.