Thursday Jan 08, 2009

[NB65] Backward Compatibility Testing Report

The goal when producing new version of NetBeans Platform is to be backward compatible, unless otherwise stated. This means that if you developed a module/plugin for version A of the platform then it should work even in platform version B that was developed a few years later. If there is a module for which the previous statement is not true, then the compatibility is compromised. Discovering such modules is generally bad sign. It can either mean that there is an unwanted incompatible change, and in such case we shall fix it prior to release, or this change is desirable and highly justified, and in such case it should be properly documented. In either case, backward compatibility is the strongest commitment of the NetBeans platform. Undesired incompatible changes have to be eliminated.

As the testing of the compatibility in an artificial testing environment might be helpful it wouldn't meet our goals. Therefore we(QE) started a community program that should give us more reliable results.

We received reports for 5 different products. You can look at full reports at http://wiki.netbeans.org/NB65BackwardCompatibilityTestingReport. I have to say that we expected more reports then "only" three. On the other hand, these reports are from people and companies that build real product on NetBeans Platform for years therefore we are happy that they haven't found any incompatibilities in NetBeans Platform - platform9 cluster of NetBeans IDE 6.5.

We will start similar compatibility testing for NetBeans IDE 7.0 when it will reach its Beta.

Thursday Nov 06, 2008

Results from NetBeans 6.5 Community Acceptance survey


Results from NetBeans 6.5 Community Acceptance survey published
The picture doesn't need any comment. One chart is missing because I couldn't fit it into a square image ;)
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