NetBeans IDE 5.0 is a robust, open source Java IDE that has everything software developers need to develop cross-platform desktop, web and mobile applications straight out of the box. It was released on January 31, 2006. When you download the NetBeans IDE, you get a modular, standards-based development environment with all the key functionality in one download, rather than a series of additional plug-ins. You can write, compile, debug and deploy Java programs for the Solaris, Windows, Linux, and Macintosh platforms.
NetBeans IDE 5.0 includes comprehensive support for developing IDE plug-in modules and rich client applications based on the NetBeans platform. It also includes the intuitive GUI builder Matisse, redesigned CVS support, support for Sun Application Server 8.2, Weblogic9 and JBoss 4, and many editor enhancements including new refactorings.