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  • September 25, 2007

Collaboration Plugin in NetBeans IDE 6.0 Beta 1: It Just Works!

Geertjan Wielenga
Product Manager
Hardcore NetBeans Platform developer Sven Reimers (in Germany) and NetBeans evangelist Dave Botterill (in the US) found themselves in a collab session with me (in the Czech Republic) today, after I logged in to the free shared server, inspired by the following words in Iwan Eising's blog:

"I still can't believe collaboration is not part of the standard installation. It is probably the plugin I use most apart from the obvious plugins that are part of the standard install. Collaboration is really important as I develop the game together with a friend of mine. He lives about 100 km away from me, so we meet in NB, discuss our progress in NB etc."

The cool thing is that neither Sven, Dave, nor myself had arranged to meet each other there. Sven was already there, then I joined, and then suddenly Dave showed up, for his first collaboration session ever. And here's a short snippet of our conversation:

Notice also that I've shared one of the Filthy Rich Client samples with Dave and Sven. So, they can inspect my code, make changes in my code, build my application, and run it. How cool is that?! But if they run it, only I get to see the result. One excellent improvement (if it is possible) would be for Dave and Sven to be able to see (via an emulator or something?) the application running on their side.

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Comments ( 6 )
  • Tom Wheeler Tuesday, September 25, 2007

    Using the collaboration in the IDE would be really useful for my distributed team, but corporate policy would not allow us to go through an external server.

    I looked into how to run my own server about two years ago and found that it was theoretically possible, but due to a bug, only the Sun server would actually work. Do you know whether it is now possible to run your own collaboration server now?

  • Tom Wheeler Tuesday, September 25, 2007

    I will try that again, without using HTML this time...

    UPDATE: I just found this Wiki entry (http://wiki.netbeans.org/wiki/view/CollabServer) detailing how to set up a private collaboration server. So, I am going to give that a shot. Hurray!

  • Tom Wheeler Tuesday, September 25, 2007

    Awesome -- with the instructions from the Wiki I was able to get my own server up and running in under five minutes.

    Installing and configuring the collaboration module was also simple.

  • Geertjan Tuesday, September 25, 2007


  • Sven Reimers Tuesday, September 25, 2007

    But without the Sun server you will not have the possibility to use all functions available in collaboration module AFAIK. But you should be able to download Sun Studio IDE from SDN for free and just install the collaboration server. This should do the trick as well and should provide all services including file/project sharing.

    BTW it was fun to meet on-line see you soon ;-)

  • Seapegasus Thursday, September 27, 2007

    Thanks for the wiki link, I added it to the collaboration quickstart.


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