I had a chance to work a bit more with NetBeans and HTML5 client development this week and some of the features that really came in handy were:
- autocomplete, autocomplete, autocomplete... For HTML, CSS, and AngularJS it was very very helpful, not only the fact that it gives you a list of possible options, but it also includes a snippet of documentation along with it...
...which was especially helpful when working with CSS which I am not as familiar with:
Also, being able to autocomplete in HTML from a CSS class that I had just created, or autocompleting in a CSS file for an HTML element that I had just created was pretty slick as well:
- The NetBeans Connector plugin for Chrome was also a big time saver.
The changes were immediately reflected in the browser as I was making them in the IDE:
The other cool thing that I liked about the Chrome plugin was the ability to switch to some pre-canned views, such as Tablet and Phone portrait and landscape views, as also shown in the browser in the screenshot above.