Netbeans and Elgg

Hi All,

I'm a newbie. Big time.

I attempted to setup an elgg test site on my mac with netbeans yesterday and my beginner-ness got in the way. Has anyone had experience with using Netbeans as an IDE for their elgging?

Have been editing and uploading via ftp to the my awesome server, but interested to see if i can do more of anything just locally on the awesome mac. ? Does anyone know of any hints/tips/links on getting on setting up a local elgg? :)

feel free to jump in with netbeans vs eclipse discussion if constructive y'all ;)