As reported four weeks ago, Ingmar Hendriks has been working on improving integration of microcontroller development with the NetBeans IDE.
Ingmar just released the new RS232 communication plugin for NetBeans, called nbplugin-avr. This plugin features sending, receiving, displaying, and logging of serial data from within the NetBeans IDE as well as setting configuration parameters and some handy UI features. The plugin also offers a public API which allows other NetBeans modules to leverage RS232 communications.
Next, Ingmar will be working on adding support for AVR/Ardunio microcontrollers in the NetBeans IDE. Great stuff – this brings a new class of development targets and better integration to NetBeans!