I’ve just been reading Top Java Developers Offer Advice to Students and noticed something Tor said, which addressed one of my issues about NetBeans. Thanks, Tor!
For example, in NetBeans, you don’t have to write the left-hand side in assignments when you’re calling a method. Just write this:"foo".indexOf("o");
Move the caret inside indexOf, the method name, and type Alt-Enter. Assuming you’re calling a method that has a return value, and you’re not already reading the return value, NetBeans will generate the left-hand side of the assignment — including the type declaration — for you:String indexOf = "foo".indexOf("o");
Advice to students? I got a lot out of it. 😉