NetBeans IDE 8 Cookbook by David Salter and Rhawi Dantas, Packt Publishing Book Review
Every developer should eventually master at least one IDE. I know many who never bothered. And I do not say you are less productive using only Emacs or VIM. But at times you have to rely on support of a productivity tool. Yet, it seems nowadays it is not quite possible to imaging developing for an enterprise and not utilizing an IDE. Reason is there are so many kinds of projects, not working with an IDE makes even at times impossible to deliver on time. Luckily there is one such book that will help you master one of the best IDEs around: NetBeans. Backed by the well known Oracle Copr. with its roots originating in Xelfi editor a decade ago it became a mature and popular development environment. I must add the book luckily covers the freshly released (Fall 2014) version 8 of the NetBeans IDE.
So more on the book: it covers seemingly as wide range of topics as one can imagine (or not) using at any workplace, from installing the IDE and writing its plug-ins (modules) to using WebServices and JavaFX UI development.
And the material is covered very nicely by David and Rhawi. The book is easy to follow and repeat exercises. The book has plenty if high-res images and is so well structured it makes a come back very easy (I needed a few re-visits to accomplish a task or two). What I liked the most was working with the RESTfull services (not only fun, but it delivers a great automation examples). Testing and profiling was a great skill to learn, a very important aspect, too, not just fun. Version control was very useful and the authors covered a lot of ground and many providers (I only expected Git covered). The enterprise Java was a tad more difficult to grasp, but again having such great teachers it is not intimidating at all.
In short, my verdict is 5 out 5. It is a great book especially for students and those who depart from other IDEs. I must say I liked NetBeans very much, even though I clocked more hours using the Visual Studio and Eclipse.