The NetBeans open source project is proud to announce the early access relNews Tip: NetBeans 4.1 Early Access Release Now Availableease of the NetBeans IDE 4.1 as the project delivers significant new development capabilities for the Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition 1.4 (J2EE) including Enterprise Java Bean (EJB) components and Web Services.

For downloads of this release go to:

* http://www.netbeans.org/downloads/index.html

For the quick start guide, see:

* http://www.netbeans.org/kb/articles/...t-j2ee-41.html

Online 4.1 Early Access announcement and links to more information:

* http://www.netbeans.org/community/re.../announce.html

This early access release has over 15 new modules for developing J2EE 1.4 applications and is built on the novel and breakthrough NetBeans 4.0 technology. Users can develop programs for Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE), Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME), and now J2EE EJBs and Web Services. Using the free Sun Java System Application Server Platform Edition 8.1 beta as the deployment runtime and with NetBeans guiding the developer and automatically building the underlying J2EE infrastructure, learning about and developing J2EE 1.4 applications has never been easier. To further assist the developer, there are numerous samples of J2EE applications easily accessible from within the IDE, as well contributions from the J2EE Java BluePrints catalog.

With a pure Java technology integrated development environment and cross platform availability for Windows, Linux and the Solaris Operating System, this is the best time to get a look at the future.

The next early access release is planned for January 2005.

Key Features

Create an EJB Module and EJB Session Beans

* The NetBeans IDE guides the user through the process to easily learn how to write an EJB as well as deploy, package and test applications
* A GUI is available to select an EJB and perform the required tasks such as adding business methods and editing deployment descriptors
* All EJB infrastructure methods are generated automatically and are hidden in a power code fold
* The resulting EJB module can easily be added to a J2EE application
* The NetBeans project structure matches J2EE Java BluePrints standards and relies on the Ant open standard for the build system

Calling EJBs

* It's easy for the developer to create a servlet and call an EJB from this servlet code
* The Web Application can then be added to a J2EE Application that will also have the corresponding EJB Module and this J2EE Application is then deployed to the application server

Develop Web Services

* Developers can create and modify Web Services and deploy, package and test them from the IDE
* Developers can register existing Web Services to the IDE, and then easily add the code that will call these Web Services
* Developers can test all the registered Web Services from the IDE by simply entering the input parameters of each operation
* The NetBeans IDE guides the user through the process to easily learn how to write EJB and J2EE Applications to select a web service and perform required tasks