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There was one Java-related update of note in NetBeans 7.3, however: Java EE users can now automatically generate a REST client, given some existing client source code to analyze.
This new feature is reminiscent of the days when service-oriented architectures roamed freely in the enterprise, and when WSDL wasn't a bad word. John Brock, principal product manager at Oracle, said that this capability is aimed at giving Java EE developers a simple way to get started when building a Web-based front end for their existing Java EE applications.
Thus, NetBeans 7.3 can output a Backbone.js-based UI for your Java EE service, provided you've already written a client for it to inspect.
Brock said the NetBeans team had noticed that Java developers who had written client-side applications for their back-end systems were “having to understand how to make it pretty with HTML5 and CSS3 when they were done. What we wanted to be able to do within the IDE itself was allow developers to interact more intelligently and efficiently with HTML5 and CSS3.”