Can't talk....working

I have an RSS link to my own blog on my my.yahoo home page. It's distresing when I see that the latest article has aged more than a week. Doubly distressing when it's aged more than two week. It's not that I can't think of interesting (to me) things to talk about, but sometimes the job itself is so compelling that you don't want to get distrated by anything. This has been the case for me for a couple of weeks and I'm loving it. There's always time for some notes though....

I've tinkered with NetBeans 4.0 and it shows an amazing about of promise. I've been using daily builds of NetBeans almost continuously since I think 3.0. The NetBeans does an awesome job. It's really a testament to their process that I can use the daily builds almost every single day. NetBeans 4.0 is a fundamental change to the environment and I believe a very compelling change. Even as a long time NetBeans user I find the 4.0 Beta very intuitive and comfortable. I do think it's time to scale back on all these huge architectural changes though, a lot has changed in NetBeans 3.6 and 4.0. It's time to add depth and maturity to all those changes rather than press on with more big changes. My primary reason for using NetBeans has always been it's awesome multisession debugger. For debugging JXTA it's great and I'd argue perhaps essential. I have to admit though that NetBeans 3.6 was a step back for the debugger. A number of important features were missing or broken. (The inability to shut off display of static variables being the most obvious and annoying one). There's also a distinct lack of polish to the "Separate Windows Mode" (sorry, nobody, but nobody gets to own my whole screen) and some other UI wierdness. I'm very positive that the NetBeans team really seems to get their priorities right all the time.

There's been significant progress lately in proving JXTA's scalability. We've now seen rendezvous peers with more than 2\^12 subscriber peers on a modest 2-way box. Should be seeing 2\^13 clients on a single rendezvous any day now. Really. As always, pushing the limits reveals new and unexpected bottlenecks. Diagnosing and fixing these problems is very, very interesting and rewarding work. (Back to why the blog's been silent).

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I think I'm doing everything I can to use JXTA and NetBeans...but trying to get the NB 4.0 beta to work is painful. Specifically, I just can't get NB 4.0 to see and use the JXTA docs. It sees the libs fine, but no docs. Aaaggghh.

Posted by John O'Conner on October 22, 2004 at 05:23 PM PDT #

I've had the sanme problem as well. I'm building JXTA using a NetBeans freeform project and it lets me specify the name of the javadoc generation target. However, I think it should let me specify the location of the generated javadoc, probably on the same page where I specify the build outputs. I haven't had time to look into the problem though. I've been following the daily builds and they seem really good. You might want to update from 4.0b2 to the dailies. I can reccommend the 20041020 build.

Posted by Mike Duigou on October 23, 2004 at 05:52 AM PDT #

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