Wednesday Nov 18, 2009

Reviews and How-to Articles from NetBeans Developers


1. Using Graphs to Build Your Own Ruby Pattern Matcher – justinbozonier.posterous.com, 11/9
Justin Bozonier wrote about using dynamic programming to implement a string matching algorithm. He said for the IDE he tried using RadRails, RubyMine, and NetBeans, and said “ultimately I chose NetBeans...for some reason it turned out to be the easiest for me.”
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2. NetBeans finally imports my Eclipse projects – joconner.com, 11/9
John O'Conner excitedly reported that NetBeans 6.7.1 was able to import Eclipse projects he does at his day job, and works with “no errors, no problems.” John was excited because this compatibility means “I'm going to use NetBeans again after 2 years away!” He pointed out the bonus is that “the Java support of the IDE is amazing,” stating “NetBeans does JavaScript FAR BETTER than Eclipse does.”

3. NetBeans Unit Test Creation better than Eclipse? And where should unit test live? – beilers.com, 11/9
The blogger, who said he is “kind of tied to Eclipse as my IDE,” also “plays” with NetBeans and said he would switch if the IDE had Emacs key bindings. Among the highlights the blogger said he “especially like the way it (NetBeans) manages plug-ins,” as well as the way it handles unit testing by automatically creating a secondary source tree, and the way libraries are separated.

4. Migrating to NetBeans Platform 6.8 – launchpad.net/gephi, 11/8
Mathieu Bastian reported on his trunk code update from NetBeans 6.5 to 6.8 and said “no bug has been found after migrating,” and also pointed out that “the retro-compatibility is really satisfying.”

5. Develop High Transaction Web Applications with Java MySQL & NetBeans – armelnene.blogspot.com, 11/12
Armel Nene published an in-depth tutorial that demonstrates how to develop a high transactional Web application, using NetBeans to generate the code.

6. Create a GWT Application from Scratch – blog.jdevelop.eu, 11/11
The blogger demonstrated how to create a GWT application for NetBeans in this in-depth tutorial, as well as how to do so with Eclipse and IntelliJ IDEA, allowing people to choose which IDE to work in.

7. PHP Remote Debugging with NetBeans 6.8 – roysimkes.net, 11/10
The blogger said NetBeans 6.8 is “getting better and better,” pointing out that you can now debug php code with the it, which he demonstrated how to do in this tutorial.

8. Configuring JavaMail on GlassFish – energybuns.blogspot.com, 11/6
The blogger posted a tutorial that shows how to use the NetBeans platform (6.5.1) to configure JavaMail on GlassFish.

9. Changing default Look'n'Feel for NetBeans (and the GUI builder) – raftaman.net, 11/6
The blogger said “NetBeans' GUI builder is great,” pointing out that “it's one of the essential features that made me drop Eclipse.” However, he noted that designing certain GUIs are difficult because the preview look and feel on NetBeans may differ from the look and feel of the application platform. Therefore, he described how to change the NetBeans look and feel (as well as the GUI builder's look and feel) in this tutorial.

10. Simple example on NetBeans using Java with Swing – Sum – en.actualidadinformatica.com, 11/6
The blogger posted a simple tutorial that demonstrated how to use NetBeans to combine Java and Swing elements in an application that executes a simple sum of two numbers.

Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Tips & Tricks from NetBeans Developers


1. My Development Environment -– whoneedsactions.com, 11/4
Blogger James Riley said since starting with NetBeans he has “never looked back.” He noted that what makes NetBeans his IDE of choice “is its Ruby on Rails support – being able to carry out all your command line activities from within the IDE saves me a lot of time.”
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2. 15+ Creative Java applications based on NetBeans Platform -– veerasundar.com, 11/3
The blogger said NetBeans is more than “just an IDE that helps you to build Java/PHP/C++ applications,” and stated “there are numerous GUI applications built upon the NetBeans platform,” 15 of which he highlighted in this post.

3. Glassfish, NetBeans and JSF 2.0 Test Drive –- andygibson.net, 11/2
Andy Gibson has been testing the new NetBeans 6.8 beta release and said “feature-wise it is a great product with better tooling for JSF,” along with other programs but said “while the features are impressive, NetBeans still seems hindered by performance issues and some minor bugs,” but said compared with other IDEs, “NetBeans is a superior product in terms of features.”

4. ZK 3.6.3 with NetBeans 6.8 Beta on GlassFish V3 –- javadude.wordpress.com, 11/6
The blogger, who is using NetBeans 6.8 Beta, was curious to see whether he could get the latest ZK release to work with NetBeans 6.8 running on GlassFish, and demonstrated step-by-step just how to add ZK 3.6.3 to NetBeans to create a directory for GlassFish in this tutorial.

5. HSQLDB NetBeans –- anipossible3.blogspot.com, 11/5
The blogger gave a step-by-step instructions describing how to configure HSQLDB in NetBeans in this tutorial.

6. NetBeans Platform: Implement Perforce client – part IV –- javasign.blogspot.com, 11/2
The blogger finished up his series on the Perforce client with the NetBeans platform, to illustrate how it can be implemented as a versioning client in NetBeans. Specifically, in this tutorial he discussed how to integrate into Perforce the NetBeans IDE file manipulation operations to include add, delete, rename, move, or edit using the NetBeans VCSInterceptor class.

7. ReST Web Services on Google App Engine using NetBeans 6.7 –- armelnene.blogspot.com, 11/1
Armel Nene demonstrated how to develop a ReST based web service that works with the Google App Engine using NetBeans and Jersey API in this tutorial.

8. Install iReport Plugins in NetBeans –- ireport-tutorial.blogspot.com, 11/1
The blogger posted a screencast tutorial that demonstrates how to install the iReport plugin in NetBeans, which the blogger said “is the most popular and top-rated NetBeans plugin.” He said the plugin allows the user to easily design reports in NetBeans.

9. NetBeans Platform: JNLP & static codebase –- puces-blog.blogspot.com, 10/31
Blogger Florian Brunner discussed how to deploy a JNLP NetBeans Platform application to a web server that doesn't support WAR-files in this tutorial.

10. NetBeans IDE unboxing and review -– violarocks.wordpress.com, 10/31
The blogger posted a video tutorial that shows the unboxing and installation of NetBeans 6.7.1 along with the creation of a simple Java project application in NetBeans.

11. NetBeans Refactoring – Part 1 –- significantinsignificance.wordpress.com, 10/30
The blogger published a tutorial on on refactoring in NetBeans, which he said is “a very powerful and a personal favorite NetBeans feature.” He described how the refactoring capabilities available in NetBeans can allow the user to change source code easily, illustrating and explaining half of the options available in the refactor menu in this post.

12. Writing your First Boxee App -– greatboxee.com, 10/30
The blogger posted an in-depth step-by-step guide to writing a Boxee app using NetBeans as an IDE. At the end, he said his experience with NetBeans was “just OK” noting that “it had the bare minimum of refactorings, intellisense, and a test runner.”

Monday Jul 20, 2009

eWEEK: NetBeans IDE 6.7 Provides Effective Integration with Project Kenai


eWEEK’s Jeff Cogswell reviewed NetBeans IDE 6.7, concluding that while NetBeans 6.7 is a .7 release in name, it “includes so many new features it could rightfully receive a full version increment.” Jeff spent the majority of his time testing NetBeans’ integration with Project Kenai, a new feature he called “one of the biggest improvements.”
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The reviewer, who had in the past experienced frequent difficulties with “getting a new project installed on a new developer’s computer,” wrote, “Now, with the NetBeans IDE, you can easily avoid such problems” by creating a project and uploading it to Kenai.

Jeff also praised the ability for developers to access various Project Kenai features such as full support for source code repositories directly through the NetBeans IDE, “without the need to interact with the site itself.” He also made special mention of NetBeans’ convenient chat software, which he called “pretty handy for communicating with the project members in real time.”

After thoroughly testing Kenai integration and running into very few problems, Jeff offered a final verdict: “All-in-all, I had a good experience with the Kenai integration into NetBeans IDE.

Monday Jun 08, 2009

At a Glance: Last week's OpenSolaris, JavaFX and NetBeans Reviews


OpenSolaris
OpenSolaris 2009.06 received positive hands-on reviews this week, with Phoronix’s Michael Larabel concluding, “We have been testing out OpenSolaris 2009.06 this morning and so far, it looks like a nice update.” Michael also posted a benchmark review of OpenSolaris 2009.06 compared with OpenSolaris 2008.11, finding improvements across the board. OpenSolaris
Engineers from Intel and IBM gave rave reviews of both OS’s, with Intel software engineering manager David Stewart saying, “Kudos to whomever set up the web infrastructure for day-of-launch [of OpenSolaris 2009.06]. (I think Intel could learn something from you guys).” IBM expert Ken Milbert discussed benefits of Solaris 10, noting it “compares favorably in many ways to JFS2 from AIX and VxFs from HP.”


JavaFX
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JavaFX 1.2 received a strong welcome from developer bloggers this week. The JavaFX Journey blogger wrote, “The code is getting better and better…If they keep up these performance increases, no one will be able to touch them.” Jethro Grassie echoed this when he said that the update to JavaFX is “just what I was hoping for and more.” In regards to specific product features, the blogger of Exploding Pixels wrote that he was “happy to see many more UI controls included in this latest release of JavaFX.”


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NetBeans maintained a strong presence among developers, starting with blogger Logan who said, “Netbeans it's very easy to define your own templates…I've recently picked up Netbeans 6.7 RC1 and will be actively using it for my JRuby/Ruby projects.” NetBeans
Blogger Wille said, “When switching to NetBeans I was pleasantly surprised by how its UI had turned, well, modern.” Finally, another blogger discussed the top features he found in NetBeans that allowed him to become “instantly productive.”

Tuesday May 12, 2009

At a Glance: Last Week's OpenSolaris, VirtualBox and NetBeans Reviews


OpenSolaris
OpenSolaris and ZFS had blogs buzzing last week, starting off with a look at OpenSolaris 2009.06 from Phoronix’s Michael Larabel who called out several feature improvements. Michael highlighted the Image Packaging System, ZFS snapshot time-slider and new desktop artwork, as well as saying the new “Firefox package is bleeding edge.” OpenSolaris
Blogger Simon shared an extensive post about his experiences using Solaris and ZFS on a home fileserver, concluding that he “learnt a lot over the last year about ZFS, and using it has convinced me that I made the right choice in selecting both Solaris and ZFS.”

Gabe Reys, a Solaris systems administrator for a multi-national company, published almost 40 posts to date. His topics include everything from helpful tips on using global and non-global zones in Solaris, to managing ZFS filesystems, to basic and advanced uses of DTrace.


VirtualBox
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VirtualBox 2.2 continued to garner positive blogger reviews this week, as Brighthub’s Steve Mallard gave VirtualBox a 5 out of 5 rating in his review that said installation was “straightforward and easy.” Steve also noted that, “VirtualBox has dozens of options and features found in virtualization software that cost hundreds of dollars…the value of virtualization cannot be stressed enough.”

Blogger Tom Puleo said he was really happy with VirtualBox, and “when given the chance, will choose it over Virtual PC or VMware.” He said he liked VirtualBox because it is “fast” and “great for day to day use.”

Blogger Carl reported that he has experimented with a lot of virtualization software and had “come to like VirtualBox best.” After switching his Windows XP virtual machine from VMware to VirtualBox, Carl says “I'm not likely to switch back from VirtualBox any time soon.”


NetBeans
NetBeans 6.7 was the focus of several positive reviews this week, with Dean at Grails Blog saying that the 6.7 Beta is a great release for the Grails community. Dean noted, “NetBeans' support of Grails functionality is nearly on par with that of IntelliJ 8.1.”
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The blogger from cld.blog-city.com stated that the new release of NetBeans has excellent support for PHP, and highlighted key aspects such as syntax highlighting, a navigator, and code folding, as well as “nice support for PHP debugging.”

Blogger Brian Silberbauer discussed how when he’s teaching a course on JEE, he begins with NetBeans. He noted, “This is a great help to the students as it gives them the overview of what we will be working with and shows them how quick and easy it is to create a JEE application in NetBeans - It takes the complexity fear out of them (to a certain extent).”

Monday May 04, 2009

At a Glance: Last week's NetBeans, OpenOffice and MySQL reviews


NetBeans
Blogger Sean discovered the powerful profiling engine in NetBeans, which helped him understand the memory usage and consumption of each property, method call and object instant in his program. Programming Blogs posted about integration with Project Kenai in NetBeans 6.7 Beta. Another Programming Blogs writer said the NetBeans IDE provided a Web Services Manager that supported SaaS applications and it was much easier for Java developers to access all the popular SaaS services on the web. Blogger Carl McDade tried many of the FOSS IDE’s and editors and settled on NetBeans for erlang development, then provided instructions to set up NetBeans to get syntax highlighting and debugging with detailed explanations. NetBeans

OpenOffice.org
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The blogger at SoftSailor highlighted some of the program features in OpenOffice.org and says the “great advantage” of this suite is that the interface is similar to MS Office, which makes it easy for a user to “switch sides” without having to re-adapt to a completely different environment. Peter Jaques urged people to try OpenOffice.org because, “it's basically 99% compatible, and I bet you won't need Microsoft at all. Really!” Blogger Brendan Vittum wrote a tutorial on how to create a database shell in OpenOffice.org BASE, saying “users of all levels, novice, intermediate, or expert will find the collection of Wizards, Design Views, and straight SQL Views an intuitive means of creating and modifying tables, forms, queries, and reports.”

MySQL
Despite some of the concerns floating around the MySQL Conference, Linux Magazine wrote there was good news coming out of the event. The article noted the MySQL developers stated they will return to a 'release early, release often' schedule, and the pending 5.4 release has a number of features worth keeping an eye on. A writer at the MySQL Performance Blog noted that he had a chance to take a look at TokuDB and run some benchmarks. The blogger reported that tuning TokuDB was much easier than InnoDB, and that there were only a few parameters to change. Core Security Patterns Weblog discussed how enabling SSL/TLS based MySQL connections ensure trusted communication between MySQL clients and the database server. MySQL

Tuesday Mar 31, 2009

Recent NetBeans Reviews from Developers


1. NetBeans, Subversion and Symlinks -- RobertBolton.com, 3/21
Robert Bolton has started using NetBeans for PHP coding and is generally happy with it. However, some specific behaviors in Subversion plugins and symlinks are bugging him.
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2. Ruby on Rails IDE for beginners -- Indu's Ecosystem, 3/20
Indudhar Devanath gives a run down of Ruby on Rails IDE's for beginner, noting good support for RoR in NetBeans. He states that this Java-based IDE comes bundled with Glassfish V3 Prelude and RoR learning trails that make it an ideal choice for beginners.

3. Notepad++ for PHP development -- Codingspace.org, 3/20
Arjen de Korte has recently discovered NetBeans and finds it an "amazing software that has support for PHP code coloring, completion and step-by-step debugging using xdebug."

4. Or not aptana /o\\ -- Spoonerisms, 3/20
The blogger notes that NetBeans offers a Ruby-only install that integrated extremely well into Rails development. "I'm feeling hopeful about it," he adds.

5. NetBeans 6.7 - I Like Where Things are Going (Initial Impressions) -- Creanium.net, 3/19
John Crean is impressed with the latest version of NetBeans as it offers greater platform integration and faster accessibility. "Upon first launch, I noticed the window and all the elements in the interface had a much better look to them, one more consistent with the general OS X look-and-feel (specifically 10.5 Leopard)," he notes.

6. The new NetBeans look on OS X -- There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact!, 3/19
Ranjith Chandran downloads the latest development build of NetBeans and finds that the UI look on OS X is by far the best he has ever seen in any Java IDE. "Look-wise it rocks," says Ranjith.

7. NetBeans ahoy -- Meluski.com, 3/18
The blogger uses NetBeans as his primary development tool for PHP coding and his "mind is blown." He is also happy to notice that apart from the PHP editor working well with MAMP tools running on a Mac OS 10.4, NetBeans also features support for XDebug, "a handy application" for debugging.

Friday Mar 13, 2009

Recent NetBeans Reviews from Developers


1. Switched to NetBeans from Eclipse IDE -- Now Talking!, 3/10
Louie Miranda tried NetBeans after hearing positive feedback on the CakePHP mailing list and concluded, "For now, I am saying goodbye to Eclipse and will be switching to NetBeans!"
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2. IDE, IDE, IDE, the IDE's of March -- Dante's Journal, 3/9
Dante Daffodil used NetBeans to make tight and portable Java-based web pages and programs. He liked that NetBeans not only supported C++ applications, but it could also make portable codes.

3. NetBeans - Working with XML Schemas -- Java Hair, 3/9
While working with XML schemas, Robert Nocera used NetBeans to generate a Canonical XML Schema and found that because NetBeans provided 3 different views to work with, the conversions were much easier.

4. Creating Scrollable JDesktopPane on NetBeans -- Sidudun, 3/9
Arif N. used NetBeans for creating a Multiple Document Interface application, and found it made Swing GUI development "far easier." Arif also shared the source code of what he developed.

5. NetBeans as a platform for software -- Miscellaneous notes from BM, 3/9
The blogger evaluated NetBeans as a platform for creating plugins and applications, and said, "quite nice stuff, technically way better than Eclipse and overall impression is pleasant."

6. RubyMine, an IDE for Ruby, Rails and so much more -- The dynamic programmer, 3/9
The blogger discussed his RubyMine experience, and said, "NetBeans with Ruby support was the one that provided the best IDE experience so far." He also included a list of the shared features of RubyMine and NetBeans that he liked the most.

7. NetBeans IDE 5.5 final with all add ons -- Rapid Leech, 3/8
The blogger reviewed NetBeans 5.5, and praised the IDE for its ability to install quickly and run on a plethora of platforms.

8. Simple web project file management -- Delicious robots blog, 3/8
In sharing his file management system for personal files, Stephen A. said he uses NetBeans 6.7 M2 as his personal IDE and was happy to see that it offered excellent PHP / HTML support. Stephen included his source code as well.

9. NetBeans Eclipse Comparison -- Technology, Architecture and loads of fun...., 3/7
Senthilkumar Ravindran had low opinions for non-Eclipse IDE's before using NetBeans 6.5, but found NetBeans was superior in UI, UML modeling, and greater focus on J2EE environments. He concluded his post by saying that he looked forward to seeing a "David vs. Goliath fight" between NetBeans and Eclipse.

10. NetBeans 6.7 M2, PHP and Remote Development -- Kingdom of Roi, 3/5
Roy Buyuksimkesyan liked using NetBeans so much he decided to give up on other tools - Zend Studio and VI. Roy enjoyed the NetBeans UI and useability on his Mac, but disappointed it did not have a remote server explorer and couldn't open files by just browsing the file explorer.

Sunday Feb 22, 2009

NetBeans Tutorials and Reviews from Developers


1. NetBeans = Best Maven IDE? -- Java and more, 2/17
Peter Karich showed what is possible with Maven 2.0.9 in NetBeans 6.5 in a step by step tutorial.
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2. I love NetBeans 7! -- Nice Words, 2/16
The blogger tested a build of NetBeans 7 that according to him was stable, beautiful and really helped him to get his work done. After further testing, he commented, "NetBeans 7 is really going to rock!"

3. NetBeans 6.5, JavaFX 1.0, Groovy and arithmetic training -- Kontrawize, 2/15
Anthony Coates strongly suggested the use of NetBeans for JavaFX development since the IDE offered built-in JavaFX support. He also updated developers about the availability of a slim version of NetBeans that offered bits for Java and JavaFX development, though it was much smaller than the "complete" NetBeans version.

4. Enable JSP editor features for Maven webapp project in NetBeans -- Messages from mrhaki, 2/14
Hubert presented a step by step guide to enable JSP editing features for Maven using NetBeans 6.5.

5. NetBeans IDE support for python and JPython and its usage -- Techtalks, 2/14
Prasanna Seshadri thought NetBeans is poised to become "the best open source IDE for Python and JPython in near future," and presented a tutorial on python and jython projects using NetBeans.

6. NetBeans 7.0 hands-on experience -- Juozas devBlog, 2/13
Juozas shared his experiences testing NetBeans 7.0 as well as the differences from NetBeans 6.5.

7. NetBeans, Komodo Edit, and Bespin -- Fuzzy Tolerance, 2/13
Tobin Bradley was looking forward to trying some recent IDE releases. After giving NetBeans a solid review, Tobin concluded that the IDE was impressive, intuitive and responsive.

8. The Big PHP IDE Test: Why Use One And Which To Choose -- Smashing Magazine, 2/11
The blogger James evaluated popular IDEs and suggested each IDE for different reasons. James concluded that "both PDT and NetBeans are good. ... If editing tools and code completion are more important to you, then pick NetBeans. NetBeans is a bit more responsive, too."

Saturday Feb 14, 2009

Developer Reviews of NetBeans 6.5


1. NetBeans is Getting Better -- My Open Source Software Development Blog, 2/10
The blogger was writing an article about how to do formatting with Microlog and discussed his experiences working with Eclipse and NetBeans. He had been using Eclipse as his predominant IDE but said, "It is a real shame that after all these years, Eclipse still have problems when it comes to Java ME development." In the end, he downloaded the current NetBeans and said, "My first impression is that NetBeans has matured since the last time I used it."
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2. 'Profile Me Now' Feature in NetBeans 7 Milestone 2 -- Pro NetBeans, 2/10
The New and Noteworthy page for NetBeans 7 Milestone 2 notes a new feature called 'Profile Me Now' that will soon be added to the IDE -- enabling users to activate the diagnostic tool, perform some action or set of actions and then deactivate the diagnostic tool. "This will generate a standard NetBeans Profiler snapshot which can then be submitted to the NB team for analysis," the blogger concluded.

3. NetBeans 6.5 and Python -- Geeky Blog, 2/9
Jett tried using NetBeans 6.5 as his IDE for developing a Python-based Google Talk bot program this weekend. Prior to this project, he always used PyDev plugin for Eclipse. After using NetBeans, Jett found a few features that appealed to him were syntax highlighting, auto indention, auto completion and debugging. He concluded, "NetBeans is almost becoming the default IDE for everything I do in Grails, Python, and the occasional quick Java POCs."

4. NetBeans 6.5 as a Cute and free IDE for PHP -- Mike Borozdin's Blog, 2/8
Mike Borozdin believed that NetBeans was mostly known for Java developers as a good and free IDE. He also noted that recently, NetBeans started supporting other languages, such as C/C++, Ruby and finally PHP. Mike concluded, "NetBeans has it all. Furthermore, it works greatly with JavaScript that was a quite a surprise for me after a while working with Eclipse."

5. NetBeans 6.5 - my number one PHP IDE -- Juozas devBlog, 2/8
The blogger was inspired to try NetBeans after reading several articles about it. He liked how NetBeans offered integrated SVN support, projects, debugging Windows/Linux support, and more. He said he disliked the lack of integrated project synchronization over FTP and slow processing with large projects, but concluded, "Overall it's just a wonderful tool - stable, helpful and being actively developed. Give it a try!"

Sunday Feb 08, 2009

Developer Experiences on NetBeans


1. NetBeans's new Python type inferencing -- Andreas Jacobsen's Distraction, 1/31
Andreas Jacobsen has some interesting thoughts on what an IDE should and should not do for him. He picked NetBeans' auto-completion feature that added a type of annotation to function/method parameters in Python to illustrate his thought process.
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2. NetBeans vs. Eclipse -- 1500 Hours, 1/28
Chiun Lin was initially disappointed to see that the GUI tutorial he found used the NetBeans IDE instead of Eclipse, since he had already downloaded Eclipse. However, after further investigation, Chiun discovered that NetBeans was actually a better IDE for implementing GUI in Java. After trying it out, he concluded, "NetBeans' GUI builder is so good I wish I had such a good builder when I was coding my MEng project. The drag and drop visual builder would have made my life easier and made my project look prettier."

3. Why I Switched from Eclipse PDT to NetBeans IDE -- 2 Tablespoons, 1/28
Chad Kieffer had started a post highlighting the recent Eclipse PDT 2.0 release, but very soon found himself dropping the post and the Eclipse IDE altogether. He cited various reasons for this change; the most important one being the inability of Eclipse's JSDT plugins to support today's popular JavaScript frameworks, including dojo, jQuery, and YUI. Chad praised NetBeans, noting, "I'm impressed, particularly since this is the first NetBeans release to support PHP editing. NetBeans came with everything I needed out of the box."

Monday Feb 02, 2009

NetBeans 6.5 Reviews from Developers


1. NetBeans IDE Delivers For C/C++ Development -- All In A Day's Work, 1/25
After a search and test of various compilers, debuggers, make utilities and editors, blogger Jubz N'Djamena believed that NetBeans 6.5 IDE delivered best in a centralized integrated environment. He noted that Sun had built a separate NetBeans IDE for C/C++ development that quite nicely integrated with Cygwin tools. Jubz commented,"It can't be easier than this," and called NetBeans "quick, intuitive and straightforward."
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2. My latest addiction -- Joseph Sniderman, 1/25
Joseph Sniderman begins by declaring, "NetBeans. I'm hooked. I admit it." Following the recommendations of a recently purchased book on Java development, Joseph installed NetBeans and fell in love. He is using the IDE to develop a web application that could be used by a diner or small restaurant to track sales.

3. NetBeans for C++? -- Susheel's Blog, 1/24
Blogger Susheel is using NetBeans primarily for C++ development. He found the IDE "solidly built" and easy to navigate with "clean and sweet" interface. He added that not only did NetBeans run smoothly, but also boasted "excellent fast code completion features." He enjoyed the intellisense feature, and noted that the real-time syntax checker also deserved praise. In the end, Susheel was extremely impressed.

4. NetBeans revisited: Code Completion for Code-igniter -- My Beloved PHP, 1/23
The blogger found NetBeans a different kind of software. "Netbeans 6.5 is good software, out of the box it offers code completion and validation for PHP, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript including JQuery and Mootools," he noted. He added that NetBeans also let users easily implement CodeIgniter powers, which offers code completion for native Active record classes, libraries and helper functions.

5. Extremely Useful NetBeans Shortcuts -- PHP Magazine, 1/23
Victor Farazdagi had been solely relying on NetBeans for PHP and Java coding, and was absolutely delighted with its performance. He exclaimed, "So far, it's beyond my wildest expectations. I am totally satisfied with that great IDE." Victor was pleased to discover several time-saving keyboard shortcuts, and was inspired to share several of his own shortcuts.

Monday Jan 26, 2009

Recent NetBeans 6.5 Reviews from Developers


1. PHP and NetBeans! -- Thinking Me!, 1/18
Muhammad Usman had tried using various IDEs to get PHP driven web applications germinated. After using Eclipse for about 2 months, Muhammad stumbled across NetBeans and realized that it was far better than Eclipse. His favorite feature are intelliSense, project and task management, remote project development, function help, smarty syntax support and integrated database query editor.
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2. NetBeans IDE feature I would like to see inside Visual Studio -- A Developer On A Few Platforms, 1/17
Andrew Rea opened his post declaring "NetBeans is my IDE of choice at the moment for my Java development." He stated that there were two features that he wished would be included in Visual Studio out of the box; namely the ability to encapsulate a selection of fields or the ability to select the fields users would like to encapsulate inside a GUI Dialog.

3. Developing with NetBeans IDE -- Useful Ubuntu, 1/15
The blogger, an avid developer, had tried out many IDEs. He likes NetBeans the most because he can continue working on his program edits in NetBeans regardless of the OS he was using. He used NetBeans on Windows, Mac and Linux, and cross-platform support of NetBeans got a big plus in his book.

4. NetBeans 6.5 review from a PHP hack -- Unix Admin Corner, 1/14
NetBeans 6.5 made a big appeal to James with its excellent PHP support. Though James asserted that NetBeans needed some nips and tucks here and there, he really enjoyed the CSS module and the PHP editor since they both helped him find bugs that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. James liked quite a lot of other features in NetBeans including integration of the database explorer, jMaki, the variable/function auto completion option in PHP mode, and the HTML preview mode among others. He wrote, "I do highly recommend that all PHP coders give it a try."

5. A new PHP IDE rolls into town - NetBeans -- Mad PPC, 1/13
Brad was pleasantly surprised to see that NetBeans now not only supported PHP, Ruby, JavaScript, Groovy and Python, but also boasted great HTML support. He wrote, "This IDE has the makings of something great, it's free, and it supports the syntax of many languages." He went on to compare NetBeans with Zend IDE 5.5, and concluded that NetBeans "won hands down."

6. Kudos To The NetBeans Team -- Simon's Blog, 1/12
Simon Brocklehurst congratulated the NetBeans team for the fabulous work they had done on the NetBeans IDE. He loved NetBeans for its ability to provide a fantastic integrated environment for writing all programming and mark-up code, and for rapid deployment of services to the test environment. He noted that NetBeans handles multiple programming languages and system services easily, which is the highest test of efficiency for any IDE. Praising NetBeans Simon exclaimed, "It's seriously impressive. I recommend it highly."

Wednesday Jan 21, 2009

At A Glance: OpenSolaris, VirtualBox, NetBeans and OpenOffice.org Reviews from Last Week


OpenSolaris
Peter Wu from Windows Live noted that the Nimbus theme "looks really fantastic" and that the ZFS file system was "rock solid!"

A blogger from Linux-Hardcore tested OpenSolaris 2008.11 and said he "felt honored to write a review." He wrote, "It's a system that works, even there are some compatibility issues which, according to the designers and developers, is in progressive solution." Calling it "clean, neat, nice, and well done," he stated that the OS looked very promising, and went on to congratulate its developers.
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VirtualBox
Sun xVM VirtualBox
InfoWorld's David Marshall discussed the new features of VirtualBox 2.1, noting that "despite the version numbering, this update doesn't appear to be a minor dot release of features, updates, and fixes. Instead, the product offers quite a few new enhancements." David summarized Sun's work with VirtualBox by saying, "with an impressive 25,000 downloads a day, and downloads up 120 percent over last quarter, Sun seems to be doing a good job at breaking through the noise of the desktop virtualization market."

Hawkins Dale wrote that he used VirtualBox at work to run a relatively bulletproof Ubuntu install on his Windows laptop, and at home to run Windows XP on his Mac. He stated, "I love it."

A blogger from ghosTunix.org stated that VirtualBox is one of the best virtualization products for x86 machines, noting that was "extremely feature rich" and available in an Open Source Edition.

NetBeans
NetBeans received endorsements from several developer blogs, including a developer who was impressed with the ability to successfully manage USB, seamless mode, and networking all within VirtualBox.

The blogger from Panda and Python and Me (oh my!) was also impressed, noting that NetBeans "kicked the trash" out of its competitor Eclipse. He concluded by saying "Wouldn't Eclipse benefit from an easier interface that acted a little more smartly? I declare that NetBeans has done just that."
NetBeans

OpenOffice.org
OpenOffice.org
A blogger from Downloads described OpenOffice 3.0 as the result of over 20 years of software engineering, and its consistency could not be matched by any other product.

Jonathan from Teacher Meets Linux was especially impressed by the new Math Interface, and described the software as a "great GNU alternative."

Monday Jan 19, 2009

Sun sweeps 2009 Developer.com Product of the Year awards


This year Sun has won 6 out of the 12 categories in Developer.com's 2009 Product of the Year awards.

MySQL workbench won the Database Tool categoty, rest was NetBeans all the way!!!

NetBeans Platform is the best Development Tool, NetBeans Profiler is the best Development Utility, NetBeans IDE is the best Java Tool, NetBeans Mobility Pack for Connected Device Configuration (CDC) 5.5 is the winner in Wireless/Mobile category and NetBeans is the best Open Source software for developers.
Developer.com 2009 Product of the Year
The award article noted, "It is worth noting that in the past Sun has been able to dominate many categories, but it took multiple products to achieve that distinction. This year one product, NetBeans, dominated the categories by winning five out of twelve."

GREAT JOB, NETBEANS TEAM!!!

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