NetBeans 7.0 Milestone 1 – Installation Experience

When downloading a new release or milestone build of NetBeans, I occassionally like to comment on the installation experience.

In the newly released NetBeans 7.0 Milestone 1, the installation experience is remarkably and satisfyingly similar to NetBeans 6.5. I saw talk on the NetBeans development wiki about different installation options for the future, but for now I am glad to see a straightforward and basic install process that hasn’t changed much.

Once you finish downloading and running the the installer, the initial screen you will receive provides a summary of which components will be installed, as shown in Figure 1 below.


Figure 1

You can easily click the Customize button to unselect specific components you do not want to install. I typically only install Tomcat, so I unselect the Glassfish servers. Also, since I do not use the Java ME package, I unselect that as well.

When you click the Next button, you will be prompted to accept the license agreement.

On the next screen, specify the directories where NetBeans will be installed and the location of the JDK.

Finally, on the summary screen click the Install button to begin the installation. Once the installation finishes, you will asked if you want to contribute anonymous usage data, as shown in Figure 2.


Figure 2

Overall, the process is still similar to NetBeans 6.5. I guess we’ll see what happens in future milestone releases.

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