Many developers love Netbeans (i love it too), this well-known IDE that is one of the most important opensource projects in the world of programming. It has a long list of features designed to make the coding process more convenient. However, the NetBeans plugins enrich the IDE even more, to the point where we can have many more tools for the job.
First of all, you should know that there are many but many plugins available. Some of them are more or less printable, but all add something extra to the IDE. With this in mind, you need to know that there can always be other plugins that are better for you; it all depends on the developer.
If you still don’t have Netbeans on your computer, what do you expect? visit this page and see how it’s done. In this tutorial, I have Netbeans installed on Linux Mint 19, but it is perfectly applicable to any Linux distribution.
Some good Netbeans plugins
1.- Darcula LAF for NetBeans
Strictly it’s not a plugin in itself, but a dark theme that will make coding much easier for our vision, especially if it’s at night or in quite long days. If you want to know more about this wonderful plugin, you can go to their Github website.
To install it, simply open Netbeans. Then to the menu Tools -> Plugins. When you open the window, go to the Available Plugins tab, in its search field, type Darcula.
Mark Darcula LAF for Netbeans and then click Install. A window will open asking if you accept the license terms. When you accept the installer it will ask you to restart Netbeans.
As a result, you will have an ideal IDE for long working days.
2. Copy and Paste History
We’ve all had to pull the “Copy and paste” at some point, and the developers didn’t escape that. Simple comments or fragments of code are copied and pasted frequently, but as you know when you turn off the computer that information disappears. What this plugin does is keep a history of the things we have copied. Excellent.
To install it the process is very similar. Go to menu Tools -> plugins, then in Available plugins, search for “copy and history”, check it and give it to install.
You can modify the plugin options from the menu Tools -> Options -> “copy and paste history“.
When you want to see the history in the editor, simply press Alt + V, and display a list of saved options.
3. Git Toolbar
Git is a very popular and robust version control system. It is used by many developers worldwide and it is also possible to use its benefits thought Netbeans plugins.
This Netbeans plugin as well as its name specifies it, adds a toolbar with the most popular Git options, making us reduce time by doing commits or push.
Repeat the above process, but in the search field, enter “Git toolbar“. Then click on “Install” and continue the process until finished.
This tool scans the source code and checks if there are any problems and it will show you inside the IDE.
Go to the Netbeans plugins website and download the one corresponding to your version.
Then, go to Netbeans under Tools -> Plugins, click on the Downloaded tab and then Add plugins.
Search your folders, download the plugin and give it to install.
At the end, you will be asked to relapse the IDE.
EasyPMD is a code analyzer that scans Java source code looking for potential problems. It requires NetBeans 8+ and Java 8+ and is easily installed from the Netbeans plugin manager.
Go to menu Tools -> Plugins -> Available tab and search for EasyPMD.
At the end of the installation, restart the IDE.
As I told you at the beginning, it all depends on the developer, but these 5 Netbeans Plugins are very useful to improve our program creation.
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