The highlights of NetBeans IDE 6.5 are the addition of support for the PHP scripting language and a preview version of support for Python. Sun has been expanding the range of programming languages supported in the NetBeans IDE this year, adding Ruby on Rails in May's release of the NetBeans IDE 6.1.
NetBeans is one of the most widely used open-source IDEs, its chief competitor being the Eclipse IDE, backed by IBM and others. Eclipse has also been expanding its support for dynamic programming languages in recent months.
"Integration across multiple languages simplifies development. It's all about making developers more productive," Ian Murdock, Sun's vice president of developer and community marketing, said in a statement.
PHP tooling includes syntax highlighting, code completion, code generators, debugging, database wizards and FTP support, Sun said.
The preview of Python support includes an editor, a debugger and several Python run times, Sun said.
The new IDE also adds three new localized interface languages: simplified Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.
The IDE is free and is available for download from the NetBeans website.