Sun Microsystems has released its latest version of NetBeans, adding expanded support for dynamic languages.
NetBean's PHP users get tooling like syntax highlighting, code completion, code generators, debugging, database wizards and FTP support.
A complete listing and tour of highlights can be found on the Netbeans website.
Features aside, 6.5 includes fully localized versions of simplified Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.
The NetBean community is also releasing an early access version for Python applications. The IDE includes an editor, debugger, and choice of Python runtimes.
NetBeans 6.5 for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Solaris can be harvested here.
Also on the open-source PHP programming front, meanwhile, Zend Technologies announced its backing Adobe Systems' Action Message Format (AMF). Zend did so while announcing Zend Framework 1.7.
Version 1.7 boasts significant speed enhancements, with claimed improvements to load times between 25 and 50 per cent.
The new general release adds a native DB2 adapter to access DB2/400 data on the IBM i platform, updates Dojo toolkit support, and a component for the JQuery AJAX library.
The complete list of new toys in Zend Framework 1.7 and the latest code is available over yonder. ®