Well, yesterday I heard the good news—the new Apress book "Beginning NetBeans IDE for Java Developers" has gone to the printer! This ends a cycle that started some months ago, with many in the NetBeans community being involved. Several people from the NetBeans Dream Team, as well as teachers using NetBeans around the world, and some of the subscribers on the NetBeans mailing list.
Here's where the book can be purchased: http://www.apress.com/beginning-netbeans-ide?gtmf=s
Some sneak previews are in order! Here's what the cover looks like:
Here's the more readable version of the small squiggly text you see on the back of the book above:
Of course, the book is focused on NetBeans IDE 8.1, e.g., the newly designed NetBeans Profiler is used in the chapter on Profiling. What does the table of contents look like? Here it is:
The foreword is by Jaroslav Tulach and the preface is by Adam Bien. Each chapter begins with a relevant quote from a famous NetBeans user, and a portrait of that user by the brilliant professional illustrator Martien Bos, e.g., the chapter on Profiling begins with a portrait of Kirk Pepperdine, with a quote from Kirk about how awesome the NetBeans Profiler is. Similarly, Arun Gupta is featured in the chapter where you develop a Java EE application, while others included include James Gosling, Toni Epple, Zoran Sevarac, Sean Phillips, Sven Reimers, and Ken Fogel.
The book is aimed at students at universities and technical colleges, etc, (in fact, it would be great if it would become something of a standard text at educational institutions) as well as developers in the enterprise. In the book, Maven and, to some extent as well, Java EE, are a bit dominant, though if you're using something different, you'll gain a lot from the book too. Initially an Ant-based "Hello World" application is created, later a more complex Java EE application with Maven, though each chapter stands on its own. By the end, you have a basic overview of the key features of NetBeans IDE.
More info about this book will be revealed over the coming weeks/months, including interviews with some of the many people involved in the book, and, of course, it will play a big role in a variety of activities around NetBeans as soon as it is released!