Using NetBeans to read XML files on a mac.


I'm 2 days into using a MacBook Air. I've got NetBeans 7.1 RC2 installed. I think the OS X 10.7.2.

When I try to read a 3.6MB XML file, I find that the MacBook has a fan - it gets that busy and essentially hangs.

5 minutes later, I kill it (I had to ask how to do that).

So. How do I read XML files on a Mac. I want to be able to query them and work with them.

What tools are available?

Did I say I was only 2 days into the mac!


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Richard QuadlingSenior Software DeveloperAsked:
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
Use the shortcut keys Command + spacebar to open Spotlight.
Type Activity Monitor.
Change the Dropdown Menu to "All Processes"
Check memory and CPU usage to see what processes are hogging resources.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
There's a very good article here explaining the fan/heating issue on the MacBook Air.

The part about SMC Reset may be applicable to your problem.

Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
NetBeans is a bad memory hog on OSX .. you could try Netbeans 6 which was more stable.

Otherwise try Textmate ( with the XML plugin (

TextWrangler is FREE and can edit XML but not as full featured.

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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
This page shows how to use the free TextWrangler to format XML:

Lion doesn't have java installed, which Netbeans needs:
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