Thursday Dec 11, 2008

Patch 1 for NetBeans 6.5

Our sustaining team released first patch for the new NetBeans 6.5. The patch fixes 62 bugs most annoying problems of NetBeans 6.5.

Don't be surprised that you need to update your IDE in two cycles. Firstly you'll see only one available update that will update only the updater.jar that contains fixes in the Plugin manager functionality. Then after restart the other updates will appear.

  • NetBeans6.5 Patches Info
  • NetBeans 6.5
  • Do you have tips what should be fixed into next patch? Let us know! -> vote for issues, add comment. Of course, we want to hear a justification...

Thursday Aug 21, 2008

Patch3 for Netbeans 6.1

We are close to finishing of testing of next patch for the NetBeans 6.1. It seems that the patch doesn't cause any regressions and fixes the bugs that it promised. Unfortunately, some of the bugs are almost unverifiable because they appear only in some unknown conditions. Anyway, we haven't found any regression during the testing that could be caused by the fixes.

The patch should be released on August 27 if there won't be any other issues reported by other teams. If you are not patient then you can try the patch now. On your own risk, of course. Add new update center and set up the URL field to this link. The updates will appear in the Plugin manager or in bubble.

Please, be aware of this bug when you are installing a patch - Bubble can install different set of update than via Plugins.

Monday Jul 14, 2008

Patch 2 for NetBeans 6.1 (really bad story)

There is nothing like bugless software.


And NetBeans is not exception. We in QA do our best to find all the bugs that we can. However the bugs are hidden very well. Sometimes they appear in a special configuration. Sometimes we just miss them (yes, we are humans). The live cycle of the release can be long therefore some users don't want to wait for next release to get their bug fixed. They want them fixed immediately. That was the reason why NetBeans started to produce patches for the releases. That was just a background info for the patches in NetBeans.

We produced patch 2 for NetBeans 6.1. QE is responsible for the testing of the patch. If the fixes in patch doesn't break anything in the NetBeans that the users have been using for while. This time the problems appears at the end of the testing cycle. All it started with problem with rights of updater.jar on Mac OS. Unfortunately, the Mac users couldn't update the jar because of wrong setup of the rights. There is always a workaround. And they(.JARa and Jirka) found one. But then the real fun started. Another problem with user/admin rights. WTF! I don't know if you ever tried to test this scenario but it is enormously boring - install as admin, update, switch user, test it. This kind of scenarios cannot be automated :( My thanks to .JARa who took care about it.
The result was "we cannot provide update for everything". There are un-updatable parts of the IDE. This must be fixed for next release.

We are glad that the patch 2 is out (and we don't have to test it anymore, till the next patch). Enjoy the fixes!
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