From the time that Sun Microsystem created Java Café and Java One for developing Java Applications and then acquired NetBeans first as parallel with those and later as consolidating and replacing them until it included further features to develop Fortran and C and C++ and other languages I was an avid user of this easy to use IDE. NetBeans evolved and evolved and for the goals that it had it was much better than Visual Studio, for instance being Intelligent Sense not only in showing the code but also showing the documentation with hyper texting to move around the documents.
NetBeans was acquired by Oracle at the time that Sun Microsystem was acquired by Oracle. There were speculations that support for the NetBeans will be stopped and the IDE will be scrapped. Some people hastily switched to JDeveloper and Eclipse but most Java programmers kept the hope and Oracle also showed sensibility in continuing funding the NetBeans IDE as its own product and NetBeans improved to its present 8.2 Version.