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Walking the Java Heap with NetBeans 6.0 Profiler

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NetBeans 6.0 brings a host of new features to Java and Ruby developers, including a totally rewritten editor, support for local file history, a new graphical file comparison utility, and support for the new Swing desktop framework. One area of particular emphasis is its profiler, which has improves support for detecting and fixing memory leaks, the focus of this article.

I frequently give talks to Java developers and ask the audience for a show of hands - how many people use a profiler? In a few venues, more than half the hands go up. But in most places, perhaps three or four out of a hundred developers use profilers.

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Tim Boudreau is a senior staff engineer at Sun Microsystems. He has been working on the NetBeans project for nine years and is co-author of "NetBeans: The Definitive Guide" from O'Reilly and Associates, and "Rich Client Programming" from Addison Wesley.

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