EditPlus was my first Editor when I started my career and after that Eclipse PDT and later NetBeans has taken their place. For majority of projects I am using NetBeans while for some specific projects where goodness of some great Eclipse Plug-in drags me towards it. For anything quick I have always EditPlus on hand, which is really handy if you want to see some formatted code on your Windows Servers. The beauty of EditPlus is it's very light-weight (only 1.3MB) and damn fast. Though it is not Free you can use it for evaluation period as long as you wish if you can click "I Agree" at start-up.
One of my most most favorite feature of NetBeans is Quick File Search through File/Project Navigator Pane. It is the most beautiful feature..it's so coool one can't live without it once we get used to it. You don't need to type through live Windows file-listing, it just opens up tiny search control just as you start typing and it stays with character you input even after you pause for few seconds. I think this feature should be there in every IDE.
Now let's see what NetBeans 6.8 has to offer?
- Java EE 6 and GlassFish v3 support
- JSF 2.0 support with many new features
- PHP 5.3 and Symfony Framework support
- Additional Kenai Feature integration and Jira bug tracking support
- Improved C++ profiling with Microstate Accounting indicator and I/O usage monitor
- JavaFX code completion, hints and navigation improvements in the NetBeans editor
Continue reading on NetBeans Wiki for more details on New and Noteworthy features of version 6.8.
P.S.: With every version update NetBeans is coming up with exciting start-up screen when IDE starts. This time it's very energetic and damp cool. I am loving it..!